Egypt Arrests Iranian Diplomat on Spying Charges

Published on Sunday 29th May 2011

Egyptian security officials say police have arrested an Iranian diplomat in Cairo on charges of spying.Authorities Sunday said Iranian diplomat Qassem al-Husseini was detained and questioned for "passing information" to Iran's intelligence services.  There are reports that the diplomat also was trying to recruit other agents to work as spies in Egypt.Iranian officials have denied that al-Husseini was arrested. They said he was at work Sunday in Iran's Cairo mission.Egypt and Iran have not had full diplomatic relations since 1979, when Iran underwent its Islamic revolution and Egypt made peace with Israel.Instead of embassies, each country has a lower-level mission in the other's capital.
Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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