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Iran Judiciary spokesman says gang of US-related saboteurs crushed

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Esha Momeni was detained in mid-October during a visit to Iran from the United States to see family and carry out research on the women's movement. She was freed on November 10 after spending almost four weeks in a Tehran prison.

Tehran, Jan 13, IRNA -- A gang of saboteurs related to the US government was recently discovered and destroyed, Judiciary spokesman, Ali-Reza Jamshidi said on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters at his weekly press conference, Jamshidi said the gang was related to the US government and involved in efforts "to bring about a velvet overthrow of the government."

He added that the gang had four members with Iranian nationality who have been arrested and brought to the court."

Jamshidi said that legal proceedings are at the final stages.

"They were linked to the CIA, backed by the US government and State Department... They recruited and trained people to work with different espionage networks to launch a velvet overthrow of the Iranian government," said the spokesman.

He added that more details would be made public "within two days."

Jamshidi stressed that annihilation of the gang was another sign of US government defeat in making different moves against Iranian government.

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