Iran has arrested a man suspected of leaking secrets of the country’s disputed nuclear activities to an exiled Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MEK), state radio reported on Tuesday. Mohammad Tavakoli says the "spy" has worked in the Iranian parliament’s research center since 2001.
MKO, labeled a terrorist group in the European Union and the United States, was the first body to expose Iran’s covert nuclear program in 2002.
A leading MP confirmed the arrest. "The man has been working in parliament’s research centre since 2001," Ahmad Tavakoli told the semi-official Fars news agency.
He said the case has been completed for trial, which he said will start soon. The MEK is considered a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union.
Iranian analysts say the People’s Mujahideen lacks support in Iran where few can forgive its siding with Saddam Hussein in the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.
Huliq.com – 10/01/2007