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A police officer signals car driver, Madrid, November 27, 2012. Photo by AP
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The Interior Ministry says Spanish police have arrested three men on suspicion of spying on Iranian dissidents and reporting back to the ruling regime.

The suspects had allegedly infiltrated a Spanish NGO that helps asylum seekers and communicated to Iran's secret services the identities of Iranians who fled the country for ideological reasons, a statement said.

One of those arrested worked at the Iranian Embassy in Madrid. It was not immediately clear in what role.

The statement Friday said the arrests took place in the northern city of Torrelavega and in the Spanish capital. It did not say when the arrests took place.