Iran arrests Swedish national on spying charges

Iran’s intelligence ministry says it has arrested a Swedish national on charges of spying after having him under surveillance for some time.

An intelligence ministry statement on Saturday did not name the Swedish citizen or provide any information about his age or whereabouts.

It is also unclear if this is the same individual whose arrest had been announced by the Swedish foreign ministry in May. At the time, Sweden had said a tourist in his 30s was arrested, but Iran had not reported the arrest.

But the Iranian intelligence ministry statement on Saturday mentioned that the arrested individual’s travels were monitored closely from the unspecified time he entered the country, and that his trips were “conducted wholly outside tourist destinations and practices”.

The ministry said the Swedish national re-entered the country several months ago, shortly after “another European spy” was arrested.



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