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TEHRAN: An Iranian appeals court has upheld a 10-year jail sentence against British Council staffer Aras Amiri for “cultural infiltration,” the judiciary spokesman said on Tuesday.

Amiri was “sentenced to 10 years in jail… and she is already serving her term. This verdict has been upheld by the court,” spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said, quoted by the judiciary’s Mizan Online website.

“This person… was identified by us because of her cultural infiltration in society through arts and her widespread activities,” he added.

Mizan Online reported Amiri’s original sentence on May 13, saying she had “made a straightforward confession”.




At the time, Esmaili said she had been tasked with drawing up and managing cultural “infiltration” projects.

Amiri, an Iranian who had been living in London, was arrested in 2018 during a trip to visit relatives in Iran.

Iranian authorities shut down the British Council’s office in Tehran more than a decade ago for what Esmaili described as “illegal activities.”

The appeals verdict comes amid tensions between Iran and US ally Britain over the seizure of oil tankers in recent weeks.

An Iranian tanker was seized off the British overseas territory of Gibraltar on July 4 on suspicion of shipping oil to Syria in breach of European Union sanctions.

That vessel has been released, but Iran continues to hold a British-flagged tanker it seized in the Gulf on July 19 for breaking “international maritime rules.”

AFP



 
 

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