Iran’s official news agency IRNA quoted Tehran’s chief prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi as saying suspects carried out espionage activities against Iran.
Iran’s official news agency says the country’s judiciary has issued indictments against 15 ‘American and Zionist’ spies.
IRNA on Tuesday quoted Tehran’s chief prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi as saying the suspects carried out espionage activities against Iran.
He did not elaborate on the nationality of the suspects, nor say when they were detained.
The report does not say whether the suspects include any of the 12 alleged agents that Tehran said in November had been arrested for ties to the American CIA, Israel’s Mossad and regional intelligence agencies.
Iran periodically announces the capture or execution of alleged U.S. or Israeli spies, and often no further information is released.
Two U.S. citizens, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were arrested in July 2009 near Iran’s border with Iraq along with a third American, Sarah Shourd, who was freed last year on medical grounds. The trio, in their late 20s and early 30s, said they were hiking and denied being spies. Bauer and Fattal were sentenced in Iran to eight years in jail for spying, but they were released and returned to the U.S. in September this year.