Iran General NewsIran arrests 2 Azerbaijan nationals as spies

Iran arrests 2 Azerbaijan nationals as spies

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AP: Relations between Iran and Azerbaijan have soured recently. Iran accuses Azerbaijan of harboring anti-Iranian terrorists linked to Israel’s Mossad. Azerbaijan says Iran supports Islamist dissidents. Each country denies the other’s charges. The Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s state TV is reporting officials have interrogated two Azerbaijan citizens on charges of spying.

The Tuesday report by the English language Press TV said the two were arrested in May. It identified them as Shahryar Hajizadeh and Farid Husseinov.

The report said they are linked to Azerbaijan’s secret service and planned to recruit Iranian dissidents.

It said they obtained confidential information and images from strategic locations and facilities.

The TV report showed the two admitting they entered Iran under cover of cultural activities. It also showed passports, a camera, computer flash drives and voice recorders.

Relations between Iran and Azerbaijan have soured recently. Iran accuses Azerbaijan of harboring anti-Iranian terrorists linked to Israel’s Mossad. Azerbaijan says Iran supports Islamist dissidents. Each country denies the other’s charges.

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