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Iran arrests ex-nuclear official
Former nuclear negotiatior reportedly arrested in Tehran "for security reasons".
Last Modified: 02 May 2007 21:51 GMT
Until 2005 Hossein Mousavian was Iran's top envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency [AP]

Iranian authorities have reportedly arrested the country's former nuclear negotiator on charges of espionage.
 
Iranian media reported on Wednesday that Hossein Mousavian was being held on espionage charges in Tehran's Evin prison after being arrested at his house in the city.
IRNA, Iran's state-run news agency, citing an "unofficial informed source," said that Mousavian was arrested on Monday.
 
Mousavian was a close ally of Muhammad Khatami, the relatively moderate predecessor of Mahmoud Ahmadenejad, the current Iranian president.
'Espionage charges'
 
Iran has not officially released any details about the specific charges against Mousavian but the semiofficial Fars news agency - which is deemed close to the country's elite Revolutionary Guards - said Mousavian could face espionage charges.

"The probable charge of espionage activities may be raised against him," the agency quoted an unnamed official as saying.

"Mousavian was arrested because of connections and exchange of information with foreign elements."

Fars said Mousavian was summoned to the prosecutor's office on Monday, where he was arrested and taken to the notorious Evin prison in northern Tehran.

"Mousavian's case is under initial investigation and interrogation, and his release is unlikely," Fars said.

Mousavian was a member of the Iranian nuclear negotiating team until 2005 and also served as Iran's ambassador to Germany in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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