Iran Denies Responsibility for Running Spy in Israel

Ali Mansouri was sentenced to seven years in prison on Tuesday. Tehran says claims that he was spying for Iran are 'baseless.'

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Ali Mansouri, 55, arrested at Ben-Gurion Airport on suspicion of espionage, sits in between guards at the Petah Tikva court on the first day of his trial, Sept. 30, 2013.
Ali Mansouri, 55, arrested at Ben-Gurion Airport on suspicion of espionage, sits in between guards at the Petah Tikva court on the first day of his trial, Sept. 30, 2013.Credit: AFP
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Haaretz

Iran denies that a man imprisoned in Israel as an Iranian spy was acting on its behalf.

"We have seen the news. It has been proved repeatedly that claims made by Zionist sources are baseless," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said during her weekly press conference in Tehran on Wednesday.

Afkham said that Iran was following the case, adding "yet, you should have no doubt that the Zionist regime's allegation is baseless."

Ali Mansouri, 56, a Belgian citizen of Iranian descent, was sentenced to seven years in prison by the Central District Court in Lod on Tuesday.

He was apprehended at Ben-Gurion Airport in September 2013 and was found to be carrying photographs of the United States embassy in Tel Aviv and other potential targets.

The judges found that he had agreed to spy for Iran out of fear for his own life and those of family members still in Iran.

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