Iran Arrests Man Who 'Spied' for Israel

Iran claims it arrested an unnamed local citizen on charges of spying for Israel.

Elad Benari,

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Iran claimed on Monday that it had arrested a local citizen on charges of spying for Israel.

According to Press TV, the Iranian national was arrested in the southeastern city of Kerman and is on trial for passing intelligence about Iran to Israel.

The head of Kerman’s Revolution Court, Dadkhoda Salari, told Press TV that the defendant, whose identity was not revealed, had been involved in trade activities in southeast Asian countries and was arrested on espionage charges.

In his last trip to Thailand, the agent passed intelligence about the Islamic Republic to the Israeli embassy in Bangkok, Salari claimed.

He added that the accused spy intended to pass intelligence gathered about Iran’s economy, geography and even the mines of Kerman Province to his handler in a second trip but was unsuccessful and detained.

Salari noted that the agent was knowingly and voluntarily spying for Israel.

Iran regularly accuses Israel and the United States of waging a deadly campaign of sabotage against its nuclear program and has announced a string of arrests of alleged agents in recent years.

In June, Iran claimed to have dismantled a terrorist and sabotage network in the southern city of Shiraz, which allegedly planned bombings and assassination attempts during Iran’s presidential election.

The network had links with the CIA, Israel and some neighboring Arab nations, Iran claimed.

In May, Iran hanged two convicted spies, one accused and found guilty of working for Israel, the other for the United States.

Last year, Iran executed Majid Jamali Fashi after convicting him of spying for the Mossad and of playing a key role in the January 2010 assassination of a top nuclear scientist in return for payment of $120,000.

Meanwhile in Israel, remand was extended on Monday for a member of the anti-Zionist Neturei Karta hareidi sect, who was arrested about three weeks ago on suspicion of offering to spy for Iran.

According to the indictment, the man took the initiative to spy on Israel, without having been contacted by enemy agents. He flew to Berlin and went to the local Iranian embassy, where he presented himself as an Israeli citizen interested in speaking to Iranian officials. He met with three Iranian men, one of whom presented himself as “Hajj Baba.”

He explained to the Iranians that he is an Israeli citizen who believes the state of Israel should not exist, and that he wishes to see Israel governed by non-Jews. He offered to gather information and pass it on to them, and said that he is even willing to murder a “Zionist.”