Iran arrests 12 officials on spying charges

Among the 12 officials currently detained had some involvement in the Iran nuclear deal. (AP)

Iranian MP Hussein Ali Haji Degana has revealed that at least 12 top officials holding dual citizenship have been arrested in Iran on spying charges.

The MP added that among the 12 detained were officials who played key roles in the Iran nuclear deal signed last year.

The MP demanded that the judiciary apparatus delivers its rulings with transparency, and that the officials’ identity also be made public.

Some of the officials who were arrested simply for holding dual citizenships.

عبد الرسول أصفهاني

عبد الرسول أصفهاني

Many high-ranking Iranian officials like Minister of Intelligence Mahmoud Alavi have denied in the past the presence of dual-citizens among Iran’s decision makers. But it has been reported that Abdol-Rasool Dorri Esfahani, one of the nuclear deal negotiators, was arrested based on the claims of owning dual citizenship with his family currently residing in Canada.

*This article also appears on AlArabiya.net.

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