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Report: Iranian Spy in Berlin

July 24, 1999 BERLIN (AP) -- Prosecutors have arrested an Iranian man accused of infiltrating Iranian opposition groups in Germany, a magazine reported Saturday.

The man, a former student, was arrested in mid-July in Berlin and is being held on spy charges, Der Spiegel said, without citing sources.

The Federal Prosecutor's Office could not be reached for comment Saturday.

The magazine said German officials had intercepted radio transmissions from the agent to his employer in Iran. It said prosecutors had also brought charges early this year against another suspected ``mole'' in the Iranian exile opposition movement.

Both cases were being handled discretely to avoid further straining German-Iranian ties, which soured after a Berlin court ruled in 1997 that Iran's spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and then-President Hashemi Rafsanjani had ordered the 1992 murders of four opposition figures in a Berlin restaurant.

The following year, Germans were outraged when an Iranian court condemned a German businessman to death for having sex with an unmarried Muslim woman. He is currently awaiting a retrial in Iran.


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