Four Iranians jailed in Turkey on charges of espionage
Istanbul — A court in Istanbul sent to prison four Iranian nationals on charges of “political and military espionage,” state news agency Anadolu reported on Friday.
The suspects are separately accused of “migrant smuggling” and “forgery of official documents” after several fake passports and identity cards were found in a police raid at their Istanbul address, the report said.
One of the suspects illegally entered Turkey, it added.
Police also found bugging devices and concealed cameras, according to Anadolu.
It was not immediately clear what the suspects’ motive was.
Turkey is a key route for people smugglers into Europe from countries such as Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
People thought to be Iranians have recently intensified smuggling and spying efforts in Turkey, according to state media.
A court in the southern city of Van, along the Iranian border, earlier this year sought up to 30 years in jail for 11 suspects.
They are accused of attempting to kidnap a defector from the Iranian army, according to Anadolu.
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