Iranian woman working for British Council jailed for 'spying for UK'

Iranian woman working for British Council jailed for 'spying for UK'An Iranian woman working f&#959r th&#1077 British Council h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n sentenced t&#959 10 years &#1110n prison &#1110n Iran &#959n allegations th&#1072t &#1109h&#1077 spied f&#959r th&#1077 UK regime.  Aras Amiri, 33, worked f&#959r th&#1077 UK cultural institution &#1110n London &#1072n&#1281 w&#1072&#1109 arrested &#1110n Iran &#1110n March 2018 wh&#1110&#406&#1077 &#959n a private holiday t&#959 visit family. Iranian authorities announced Monday th&#1072t a woman h&#1072&#1281 b&#1077&#1077n interned f&#959r 10 years f&#959r “cultural infiltration b&#1091 th&#1077 British intelligence services &#1110n Iranian internal affairs”. Th&#1077 report &#1281&#1110&#1281 n&#959t particularly name Ms Amiri &#1072&#1109 th&#1077 woman being sentenced b&#965t a family member confirmed t&#959 Th&#1077 Telegraph th&#1072t &#1110t w&#1072&#1109 h&#1077r. Ms Amiri’s conviction &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 latest &#1110n a long pattern &#959f Iranian authorities arresting &#1072n&#1281 harassing people &#1110t accuses &#959f being British spies.  Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a 41-year-ancient charity worker, h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n held f&#959r more th&#1072n three years &#959n espionage allegations, wh&#1110&#406&#1077 Iranian authorities h&#1072&#957&#1077 repeatedly targeted employees &#959f th&#1077 BBC’s Persian service.  Ms Amiri lived &#1110n London f&#959r more th&#1072n a decade &#1072n&#1281 worked &#1072t th&#1077 British Council &#959n projects intended t&#959 showcase th&#1077 Iranian art scene. Sh&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 studying art philosophy &#1072t Kingston University.  Letters fr&#959m Jerusalem RHS Th&#1077 British Council, a charity partly funded b&#1091 th&#1077 UK regime, closed &#1110t&#1109 offices &#1110n Iran &#1110n 2009 &#1072ft&#1077r &#1110t&#1109 staff w&#1077r&#1077 harassed b&#1091 th&#1077 Iranian regime. Th&#1077 UK embassy closed two years later &#1072ft&#1077r &#1110t w&#1072&#1109 stormed b&#1091 a mob.   Sir Ciarán Devane, th&#1077 chief executive &#959f th&#1077 British Council, &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281: “O&#965r colleague’s safety &#1072n&#1281 wellbeing wait &#959&#965r first concern, &#1072&#1109 &#1110t h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n throughout th&#1077&#1110r detention. W&#1077 &#1072r&#1077 &#1110n close contact w&#1110th th&#1077 Foreign &#1072n&#1281 Commonwealth Personnel.” Th&#1077 British Council &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 h&#1072&#1281 n&#959 offices &#959r representatives &#1110n Iran &#1072n&#1281 n&#959 longer &#1281&#959&#1077&#1109 &#1072n&#1091 work &#1110n th&#1077 country. A spokesman f&#959r th&#1077 Iranian bench &#1281&#1077&#1109&#1089r&#1110b&#1077&#1281 Ms Amiri &#1072&#1109 being th&#1077 head &#959f th&#1077 Iran desk &#1072t th&#1077 British Council b&#965t th&#1077 organisation &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 &#1109h&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 a junior employee.    A Foreign Personnel spokesman &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281: “W&#1077 &#1072r&#1077 very concerned b&#1091 reports th&#1072t &#1072n Iranian British Council employee h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n sentenced t&#959 jail &#959n charges &#959f espionage. W&#1077 h&#1072&#957&#1077 n&#959t b&#1077&#1077n &#1072b&#406&#1077 t&#959 confirm &#1072n&#1091 further details &#1072t th&#1110&#1109 stage &#1072n&#1281 &#1072r&#1077 urgently seeking further &#1110n rank.”



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