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Iran bans cooperation with British Council, warns of prosecution

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By Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s intelligence ministry on Tuesday said any cooperation with the British Council was banned and would result in prosecution, the ministry’s website reported.

“Britain … was planning to implement a project for cultural networking purposes in cooperation with the British Council in Iran … any cooperation with the British Council is prohibited and will result in prosecution,” the ministry said in a statement.

In August, Iran’s Supreme Court upheld a 10-year prison sentence for spying against an Iranian woman, Aras Amiri, who worked for the British Council in London. Amiri was arrested last year during a family visit to Iran.

(Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Alex Richardson)