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Azerbaijanis jailed for spying for Iran

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 9 October 2012
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Azerbaijanis jailed for spying for Iran, 9 October 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5089070f23.html [accessed 26 October 2014]
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October 09, 2012

Twenty-two Azerbaijani citizens have been sentenced to jail terms ranging from 10 to 15 years for planning terrorist attacks against the U.S. and Israeli embassies in Baku.

The suspects were arrested in March on suspicion of having links to Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and went on trial in late August.

Azerbaijan's Interior Ministry has said that AK-47 assault rifles, guns, and explosives had been confiscated from the suspects.

Tehran-Baku relations have been marred since February, when reports emerged that Azerbaijan had purchased some $1.6 billion of weapons from Israel.

Also in February, Iran accused Azerbaijan of allowing Israeli spies to use Azerbaijani territory.

Based on reporting by apa.az and RFE/RL's Russian Service

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