Iran police confirm arrest of US spy suspect

2011-01-08 12:44

An American woman detained in Iran this week on suspicion of spying was caught filming in a border town, police told the Fars news agency today.

Deputy border police chief Ahmad Geravand said 34-year-old Hal T was arrested on January 5 in the northwestern border town of Jolfa while filming with her video camera.

The police official claimed she had entered Iran on a tourist visa but was working for the CIA. He gave no further details of the charges.

Fars and the governmental newspaper Iran reported the arrest on Thursday, but said the woman was 55 and was apprehended without a visa at Nourdooz on the border with Armenia.

According to Fars, the woman also told Iranian officials that if she were returned to Armenia, Armenian security agencies would kill her.

Armenia denied such a person had ever entered Armenia and the US also said it had no record of the woman on the State Department database.

If the woman had come to Iran via Jolfa, then it would mean she had been in the Republic of Azerbaijan or the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.

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