Iran arrests man on charges of spying for Israel
Unidentified man allegedly passed on intelligence to a security officer at the Israeli embassy in Thailand, according to the semi-official Mehr news agency.
Iranian authorities have arrested a man on charges of spying for Israel, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Monday.
The unidentified man allegedly passed on intelligence to a security officer at the Israeli embassy in Thailandm the agency reported.
The man was arrested in the southeastern Iranian region of Kerman where he was allegedly collecting data on mines in the area, according to the report.
The report didn't provide other details beyond saying the man would face trial. It did not say when he was arrested. There was no confirmation of the report from any other source.
Espionage is punishable by death under Iranian law. Iran and Israel have been enemies since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, with Tehran periodically announcing arrests of people suspected of spying for Israel.
The report comes in four days after it was revealed that Israel had charged an ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem resident with offering to spy for Iran.
The man met with Iranian representatives at the Iranian embassy in Berlin in January of 2011 and offered his services as a spy against Israel. He has been charged with making contact with a foreign agent and with intent to commit treason.
He reportedly said during interrogation by the Shin Bet security service that his motives were hated of Israel and the desire for monetary reward.
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