BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 A.M.) – A former employee of the Iranian Foreign Ministry has been sentenced to ten years in prison, the Judiciary Spokesperson Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said on Sunday.

According to the Judiciary Spokesperson, the Foreign Ministry employee was found guilty of espionage by an Iranian court this past weekend.

In contrast of this claim, Iran’s Spokesperson for their Foreign Ministry Bahram Qasemi said the man had been arrested about three years ago and convicted a year later.

His sentence had been reduced by an appeals court, according to the ministry’s website. He gave no further details.

Ejei, quoted by the judiciary’s news website Mizan, named the sentenced man as Kamal Amirbeik and said he had also been fined $270,000. Mizan did not say who he was accused of spying for or give any further details.

 

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