The Slovak Intelligence Service (SIS) on Monday, July 1, stated that it is staying informed about the detention of Slovak nationals in Iran who were arrested on suspicion of spying, and has taken all necessary steps to deal with the situation, along with the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry.
"Due to the sensitivity of the situation and possible further developments, with the emphasis on the safety of the detainees, with whom the Slovak representative office in Tehran is in direct contact, we won't provide any further details. SIS, for obvious reasons, can't inform the media about its operative measures," SIS spokesman Branislav Zvara told the TASR newswire.
Chairman of Iran's Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi confirmed that several Slovaks have been arrested in Iran. He said that the Slovaks were found in sensitive areas and were in possession of "unconventional equipment". The local media on Friday reported that a group of Slovak paragliders had been arrested in Iran around three weeks earlier after they were spotted taking pictures of military facilities from hang-gliders.
The Sme daily wrote in its Tuesday issue that eight Slovaks were detained in Iran for taking photos where doing so is prohibited, among other charges. Iranian Prosecutor General Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje'i stated on Monday that they committed illegal activities, including taking photos of prohibited places. They were caught near the city of Isfahan where there are uranium enrichment and processing facilities. One Iranian was detained for the same crime. The Slovak detainees who left their homeland in May face suspicions of espionage.
(Source: TASR, Sme)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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2. Jul 2013 at 14:00