Iran: Suspect sentenced to 10 years for spying for Britain

'British spy' is jailed for ten years in Iran 'after confessing'

At a news conference on Monday, Mr Esmaili said the person sentenced to 10 years for spying was "an Iranian female student" who had been "in charge of the Iran desk at the British Council".

Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said on state television that the unnamed individual was "in charge of the Iran desk of the British Council and confessed to co-operating with British intelligence".

He said the convict, who was arrested by Iranian intelligence and security organizations, had been cooperating with the British espionage service and was tasked with designing, managing and planning cultural infiltration projects in Iran.

The organisation said it had not sent its employee to Iran on a work assignment.

Iran closed down the British Council's offices in Tehran in 2009.

British council employee Aras Amiri, a 32-year-old Iranian national, was arrested in March last year in Iran.

Last month, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt dismissed the suggestion of a prisoner swap for Zaghari-Ratcliffe as a diplomatic ploy, while her husband said the idea was "almost impossible". We have not been able to confirm any further details at this stage.

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On Monday, its chief executive, Sir CiarĂ¡n Devane, said: "We have seen reports that an Iranian national, claimed to be an employee of the British Council, has been sentenced".

Esmaili said that during her confession, the suspect described how she had been recruited, telling investigators about her instructions from the "English security agency".

The arrest of Iranians accused of espionage has increased since Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said past year there had been "infiltration" of Western agents in the country.

Iran is already holding British-Iranian national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is in jail in Tehran for alleged sedition.

A British-Iranian woman held in Tehran, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, is now serving a five-year prison sentence for allegedly planning the "soft toppling" of Iran's government while traveling with her young daughter.

Iran does not recognize dual nationality.

Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband revealed earlier this year that his wife had been asked to spy on the United Kingdom in exchange for her freedom, which she refused.

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