British spy in Iran 'was watching oil shipments'
The Iranian man arrested for spying for British intelligence was helping foreign governments impose European Union sanctions on covert oil shipping operations, parliamentarians in the country have been told.
An Iranian MP revealed that the alleged MI6 agent was passing on information on Iran's shipping industries to its "enemies" to be used in international efforts to cripple the sector.
Court officials in the city of Kerman said a suspect had confessed to holding 11 meetings inside and outside the country with British intelligence.
Alireza Manzari Tavakoli, an intelligence specialist in the Iranian parliament, was quoted as claiming the man handed over details of sanctions-busting activities.
"We have received further information about the arrested individual that suggests that he has been involved in passing secret data on Iran's shipping and the insurance covers on our oil tankers to British intelli-gence," he said. "The EU could use them for imposing more sanctions on our shipping.
"The arrested individual has also confessed to passing economic intelligence about Iran's use of other countries' flags in transporting its oil abroad. (© Daily Telegraph, London)