Iran Names Nuclear Negotiating Team Member Imprisoned for Spying

A member of Iran’s nuclear negotiating team has been sentenced to five years for spying, news agency Tasnim said on Sunday, citing a spokesman for the judiciary. Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei named the convicted man as Abdolrasul Dorri Esfahani, without identifying his second nationality. Tasnim reported the sentence on Wednesday without naming Dorri Esfahani or detailing the charges.

 Tasnim reported in July last year that he was in charge of banking affairs during the talks. According to Iranian media, he has Iranian and Canadian citizenship.

“He was one of the people accused of spying and passing intelligence to strangers and he was linked to two intelligence agencies,” Mohseni Ejei said.

He said Dorri Esfahani’s five-year sentence was upheld after a failed appeal, Tasnim reported. Dorri Esfahani also faces charges of financial corruption, Mohseni Ejei said. The workings of Iran’s judiciary are opaque and rarely open to public scrutiny.