Iran arrests another Swedish national on charges of espionage

The Intelligence Ministry said on Saturday that Ranian agents had arrested a Swedish national on suspicion of espionage. The statement said the suspect was in contact with several others in Iran, and has visited Iran’s enemy Israel.

The statement accused Sweden of spying for Israel. There was no immediate reaction from Sweden. This is the second Swedish citizen of Iran to be arrested in recent months.

In May, Sweden confirmed that Iran had arrested a Swedish national in a tense time for relations between Stockholm and Tehran.

Earlier in July, Iran recalled its ambassador to Sweden after a Swedish court sentenced Iranian national Hamid Nouri to life in prison for war crimes and murder during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. Noori, 61, was arrested in November 2019 when he reached Stockholm on a tourist trip.

Several Europeans were detained in Iran in recent months, including a Swedish tourist, two French nationals, a Polish scientist and others.

The detentions raised concerns that Iran hopes to take advantage of the prisoners as bargaining chips to pressure the United States and European countries to relieve the sanctions it received under its 2015 nuclear deal.

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