Esmayeeli told reporters in a press conference in Tehran on Monday that a female Iranian national who was in charge of the Iran desk at the British Council was sentenced to 10 years in prison after she made confessions.
He did not identify the person who was sentenced, but underlined that she was a female Iranian student who had been looking for earning residence and employment in Britain and was then hired by the British Council after a long process.
“She has later received the necessary trainings under the British security service, and after they trusted her, she was in charge of Iran desk at the British Council and organized different activities,” Esmayeeli said.
He added that the covict has had frequent visits to Iran in Iran under an alias name and planned and managed different cultural projects in the country in line with London’s objectives.
“The person was under detention for over a year without a public announcement because the case was under probe and in the procedures for a court ruling,” Esmayeeli said, explaining that she has been charged with acting against Iran’s internal security.
Every year, Iran identifies and arrests several spies working for foreign intelligence agencies.
Former Judiciary Spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni Eje’i declared in November, 2018 that a state employee charged with spying on the Iranian foreign ministry was found guilty and sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment.
“The final court ruling in the case of an individual who had been condemned by the summery court for spying has been issued,” Mohseni Eje’i said.
“The individual, namely Kamal Amirbeig (alias Alibeig) who is a foreign ministry staff member, has been given a 10-year jail term and confiscation of over $200,000 of his assets,” he added.