Two other men, Ali Nafariyeh and Mohammed Ali Babapour, also were charged with spying for the CIA. Each received 10 years in prison and a fine of $55,000, which a
judiciary spokesman said was the amount paid to them by the American intelligence agency.
Mohammed Amin Nasab, charged with spying for the British government, also was given a 10-year sentence.
The spokesman said they were all arrested last year, according to the semiofficial Tasnim News Agency.
At the same news conference, it was announced that President Hassan Rouhani’s brother, Hossein Fereydoun, has been sentenced to five years in prison and may face additional charges in another case, the semiofficial Fars News Agency reported.
Fereydoun was convicted in May on corruption charges and sentenced to seven years in prison. On Tuesday, the judiciary spokesman said the sentence was reduced by two years on appeal and clarified that the charges were “accepting bribes,” the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
In July, Iran said that its intelligence forces had identified and arrested 17 Iranians suspected of spying for the CIA and that some of them were sentenced to death. President Trump denied Iran’s claim that it had dismantled an elaborate U.S. espionage ring.
It was not immediately clear whether the four whose sentences were announced Tuesday are among the 17.
Tensions have been high recently between Washington and Tehran. Iran released a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz last week after holding it for two months amid a standoff over security in the Persian Gulf region.
The United States also blamed Iran for attacks on commercial tankers in the area, as well as a complex assault on Saudi oil facilities last month. Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state-run oil giant, said drone and missile strikes on Sept. 14 forced a temporary shutdown of half the kingdom’s oil production. Iran has denied involvement in all of the attacks.