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Iran arrests 'spy' for Britain: judicial official
Published Saturday 14/12/2013 (updated) 15/12/2013 15:50
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at the historic Baharestan square in downtown Tehran on June 4,
2013 (AFP/File Behrouz Mehri)
TEHRAN (AFP) -- Iranian security forces have arrested a "spy" working for the British government in Kerman, a judicial official in the southeastern province told the state IRNA news agency on Saturday.

The announcement came just a day after Iran's new envoy to Britain, Hassan Habibollah-Zadeh, held talks in London on his first visit since his appointment last month, which ended a two-year freeze in diplomatic relations.

"Through the efforts of Iranian security forces, an MI6 spy has been arrested," the head of the Kerman revolutionary court, Dadkhoda Salari, said, referring to Britain's foreign intelligence service.

"He has met British intelligence officers in person 11 times, both inside the country and abroad, and provided them with intelligence," Salari said.

He said the suspect had confessed to his crimes and was now being tried.

Salari gave no details as to the suspect's nationality or identity.
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