Iran Jails Two Women and One Man for Spying for Mossad

One woman, Aras Amiri, had worked for the British Council while allegedly spying on cultural activities in Iran

Tehran skyline as seen from Iran's interior ministry in Tehran, October 24, 2016.  Picture taken on October 24, 2016.
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Iran has sentenced three people — two women and a man — to lengthy prison terms on security and spying charges, including on behalf of Israel's Mossad spy agency.

Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said in remarks broadcast on state TV on Tuesday that one of the two convicted women is Aras Amiri, who had worked for the British Council while allegedly spying on cultural activities in Iran.

Amiri has been jailed for the past year while her case was under investigation. She was sentenced to 10 years.

Esmaili identified the other convicted woman as Anousheh Ashouri, a dual British-Iranian national. She was sentenced to 12 years for ties to the Mossad, as was Ali Johari.

Johari allegedly passed on information about construction projects by a Revolutionary Guard-affiliated construction conglomerate, Khatam al-Anbia.

Iran said in July that it had captured 17 spies working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and some had been sentenced to death. It was unclear whether Tuesday's announcement was linked to the same case.