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Iran Claims 13 Spied for US, Israel

June 7, 1999

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) _ Iranian authorities have arrested 13 people on charges of spying for Israel and the United States, state-run Iranian radio reported Monday.

The 13 were living among the Jewish community in the southern Fars province, the report said, citing an unidentified official. It did not say when the arrests were made or provide nationalities.

The suspects were accused of spying for the ``Zionist regime″ and ``world arrogance,″ references to Israel and the United States, respectively.

``Confirming this report, an informed official announced that after due interrogation and documented evidence, the detainees are being prosecuted,″ the British Broadcasting Corp. quoted the report as saying. The BBC was monitored in Dubai.

Espionage is punishable by death in Iran. In 1997, Iran hanged two people convicted of spying for Israel and the United States.

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