IRAN SAYS IT ARRESTED CIA SPIES AND SENTENCED SOME TO DEATH
July 23, 2019:
Iran says it has arrested 17 spies who it says were working for the CIA, and sentenced some of them to death. (Sources: bbc.com, 22/07/2019)
The intelligence ministry said the suspects had been collecting information in the nuclear, military and other sectors.
Iran says the spies who are alleged to work for the US Central Intelligence Agency were arrested over a 12-month period up until March this year.
The 17 were all Iranians working in "sensitive centres" in military and nuclear facilities and the private sector who had acted independently of each other, a top Iranian intelligence official told reporters.
He did not say how many had been sentenced to death or when the sentences had been handed down.
"Sentences for these spies have been issued, some of whom are to be put to death as 'corruptors on earth' [a charge punishable by death under Islamic rules in Iran]," the head of the intelligence ministry's espionage department was quoted as saying by the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA).
US President Donald Trump has dismissed the Iranian allegations, saying they are "totally false".