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Iran sentences unnamed British-Iranian to 6 years for spying

AP  |  Tehran 

An unnamed British-Iranian national has been sentenced to six years in prison on spying charges, the official agency of Iran's judiciary has reported, the latest dual national convicted in the country.

agency quoted announcing the sentencing, though he did not elaborate on what the charges entailed.

However, there is no known case of a British-Iranian national being sentenced to six years in prison, suggesting this is a new case.

The said in a statement early Monday it was "currently investigating the reported sentencing," without elaborating.

A number of dual nationals with Western ties have been arrested since Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

Analysts and family members of dual nationals and others detained in have suggested that hard-liners in the Islamic Republic's security agencies use the prisoners as for money or influence.

A UN panel in September described "an emerging pattern involving the arbitrary deprivation of liberty of dual nationals" in Iran, which denies.

does not recognize dual nationalities, so those detainees cannot receive consular assistance.

Others with ties to the West detained in include Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman serving a five-year prison sentence for allegedly planning the "soft toppling" of while traveling with her young daughter.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was detained in April 2016 and served a third of her sentence by January 2018, making her eligible for release. However, she remains held.

Her family says Zaghari-Ratcliffe remains held as Britain negotiates a settlement with Iran over 400 million pounds ($530 million) held by London, a payment the late Iranian made for Chieftain tanks that were never delivered.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 09:35 IST