0337 GMT September 20, 2020
Addressing a news briefing on Tuesday, Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaeili said, “five Iranians who were spying for foreign intelligence services are now in detention.”
They were “spying for Israel, Britain and Germany” he explained.
According to the spokesman, they were working at the Foreign Ministry, the energy sector as well as the Defense Ministry and the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Press TV wrote.
“Two of them have already been convicted and handed jail terms” in recent days, Esmaeili said, identifying them as Masoud Mosaheb and Shahram Shirkhani.
Mosaheb, who was secretary-general of the Iran-Austria Friendship Association, has received a 10-year jail term after being convicted of espionage for Israel's Mossad spy agency as well as the German intelligence service, Esmaeili noted.
Mosaheb was found to have been providing them with information on Iran's "missile, nuclear, nanotechnology and medical fields", he added.
Meanwhile, Shirkhani has been handed a prison sentence for spying for British intelligence services. He had provided the UK with classified information about Central Bank of Iran, Bank Melli Iran and Defense Ministry contracts.
He had also attempted to recruit some Iranian officials for Britain's MI6 agency.
Iran has recently announced several detentions and in some cases executions of people found guilty of spying.
Last month, Iran executed Mahmoud Mousavi Majd who had been convicted of espionage for US and Israeli spying agencies, including the exposing of top anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani’s whereabouts to them.
Iran executed another man named Reza Asgari in July, after he was convicted of spying on Iran's missile program for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
And in February Tehran handed down a similar sentence for Amir Rahimpour, another man convicted of spying for Washington and of conspiring to sell information on Iran's nuclear program.