Iranian Foreign Ministry Official Jailed for Spying Accusations

The arrest comes amid a crackdown on workers in the state body accused of spying

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FILE Photo: Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi.
FILE Photo: Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi.Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Mostafameraji

An Iranian court has sentenced a man working for Iran's Foreign Ministry to 10 years in prison after convicting him of spying, judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said on Sunday. 

Iran's security forces have arrested dozens of people accused of spying working in state bodies, Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said in August. 

Ejei, quoted by the judiciary's news website Mizan, named the sentenced man as Kamal Amirbeik and said he had also been fined $270,000. It did not say who he was accused of spying for or give any further details.