Swedish citizen taken detention in Iran on suspicion of espionage. According to the message of the Ministry of Information and National Security of the country, posted on its website on Saturday, July 30, the identity of this person has been established and he has been detained. The suspect has made previous trips to the Palestinian territories, visited non-tourist places in Iran and made contact with individuals under surveillance, Iran’s official news agency IRNA reported Saturday, saying Sweden is being accused of “proxy espionage” for Iran’s nemesis – Israel.
The Swedish Foreign Ministry told the AFP news agency that this is an “already known case” that the agency is working on. About the arrest Iran a certain 30-year-old Swede was announced by the Foreign Ministry back in May.
Aggravation of Swedish-Iranian relations
Relations between Tehran and Stockholm escalated in mid-July after Sweden detained and tried former Iranian prison chief Hamid Nouri on war crimes charges for participating in mass executions of political prisoners. He was sentenced by a Stockholm court to life imprisonment.
Iran called the verdict “politically motivated” and demanded Nuri’s release. A few days later, Tehran announced the recall of its ambassador to Sweden “for consultations.”
Iranian-Swedish scientist Ahmadreza Jalali has been imprisoned in Iran. In 2017 he was sentenced to death for espionage and is currently awaiting execution. Human rights organization Amnesty International has accused Tehran of using him as a “hostage” to force Stockholm into an exchange with Nuri.