A British-Iranian man has been jailed for 12 years in Iran for his alleged ties to Israel’s Mossad spy agency.
Anousheh Ashoori, who was held in Tehran in August 2017, was one of three people handed lengthy sentences on security and spying charges, judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said on Tuesday.
In comments broadcast on state TV, Mr Esmaili said Ashoori was jailed for his ties to Mossad, along with Ali Johari, who was also sentenced to 12 years in prison.
A 10-year sentence was upheld against Aras Amiri, an Iranian national who was working for the British Council in London, for allegedly spying on cultural activities in Iran, Mr Esmaili added.
She was detained in March last year when she returned to Iran to visit her elderly grandmother.
The British Council has said it firmly rejects the allegations against her.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We have been supporting the family of British-Iranian dual national Mr Ashoori since the start of his detention and our embassy in Tehran continues to request consular access.
“The treatment of all dual nationals detained in Iran is a priority and we raise their cases at the most senior levels. We urge Iran to let them be reunited with their families.”
The sentences echo the case of British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was jailed for five years in 2016 on spying charges.
She denies the allegations, insisting that the trip to Iran was a holiday, designed to introduce her daughter to her Iranian family.
Tensions between Britain and the Middle Eastern country remain high as Iran continues to hold the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, which was seized in a commando-style raid on July 19.
Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.
Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.
For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.
Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.
You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.
100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...
Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.
There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.
In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.
Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish News also produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.
In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.
Voice of our community to wider society
The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.
We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.