Iran has arrested a British-Iranian on suspicion of links to the UK intelligence service, the Tehran prosecutor told Iranian media today.
“The accused, who was arrested in Tehran last week, was active in the field of the Iranian economy, and was linked to the British espionage service,” the Mizan news agency quoted Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi as saying.
He did not give the name or gender of the accused.
Three other dual-nationals arrested over the past year –American, British and Canadian — are currently awaiting trial.
Dolatabadi recalled warnings by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that Western governments would seek to “infiltrate” the country in the wake of last year’s nuclear deal.
Iran does not recognise dual nationality and treats those arrested as Iranian citizens only.
Just last year Iran had opened its doors to the west, after sanctions over it were lifted following the Nuclear deal in December.
The deal was signed between Iran and Permanent five member of the United Nations Security council and Germany. Britain, member of the permanent five and the former colonial power that ruled Iran, played a major role in brokering the deal.
However, the potential of snuggling up to the west has has alarmed Iranian hardliners.
Iran’s revolutionary guard has since the deal in December last year, has arrested or detained at least six other dual-nationality citizens, the highest number in recent years.
The government has confirmed most of the arrests, without revealing any information about the charges under which these citizens were booked.