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Tehran announces arrest of an Iranian with American citizenship on charges of “espionage”

The Iranian authorities have arrested an Iranian with American citizenship, while trying to leave the country, on charges of espionage.

The spokesman for the judiciary in Iran, Ghulam Hossein Ismaeli, said, “The accused was released on bail, and was arrested while trying to leave the country.”

Ismaili added, “This person faced accusations earlier, in the field of espionage and gathering information on behalf of foreign countries.”

The spokesman did not mention the name of the accused, but Iranian media reports said that “a businessman named Imad Sharqi was arrested while trying to flee across the western borders.”

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