Iran specialists to help in CIA spy case

Iran Materials 24 May 2011 03:38 (UTC +04:00)

Iran's Judiciary says national security specialists will advise judges in the case of the espionage ring affiliated to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

In cases similar to this one, where state security is at issue, security specialists offer assistance to judges and provide professional advice to help the case move forward, Judiciary Spokesman Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei was quoted by the Fars News Agency as saying on Monday.

Earlier this month, the Iranian Intelligence Ministry identified and dismantled a spy ring that was working for the United States. Thirty individuals suspected of spying for the US were arrested and 42 CIA operatives were identified in connection with the network.

According to a statement issued by the Intelligence Ministry, the CIA operatives had gathered information from universities and scientific research centers and conducted surveillance of the nuclear energy, aerospace, defense, and biotechnology industries.

The spies had also gathered detailed information about "oil and gas pipelines, telecommunications and electricity networks, airports and customs, and the security of the banking and communication systems" by using US embassies and consulates in several countries, particularly the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and Malaysia.