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Iran court convicts ‘British spy’

An Iranian court has convicted a man on charges of spying for Britain and sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

Another man was found guilty of spying for Israel and handed five years.

State television quoted prosecutor Yadollah Movahhed, in south-eastern Kerman province, where both were tried, as saying that the man sentenced to 10 years had “exchanged information with four British intelligence operatives”.

Mr Movahhed said the other man passed on intelligence to a security officer at the Israeli embassy in Thailand. He was arrested last August.

Both men are believed to be Iranian but Mr Movahhed did not provide their names.

Iran occasionally says it has dismantled Western spying networks in the country and announces arrests of individuals on espionage charges.

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