Alaeddin Boroujerdi

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the head of the National Security and Foreign Policy committee of Iranian Parliament, has confirmed the arrest of Slovakian citizens in Iran under suspicion of espionage.

Boroujerdi told the Young Reporters Club that these people had violated regulations and entered sensitive locations while in possession of “inappropriate equipment.”

The Slovakian foreign ministry announced yesterday that a number of its citizens have been arrested in Iran and charged with spying. The report added that Slovakian diplomats are in contact with the detained Slovakian nationals and Iranian officials.

On Friday, a Slovakian daily reported that five or six Slovakian nationals had been arrested in Iran for spying and taking photographs of military sites.

This is the second time in the past six months that Slovakian nationals have been arrested in Iran.

In January, Iranian national television aired a program in which a Slovakian national confessed to being a CIA spy operating in Iran. The film maintained that the CIA was trying to identify Iranian biotechnology experts through this spy but he was identified and arrested by Iranian intelligence forces.