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Iran former nuclear negotiaor hits back at ministry of intelligence

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Hossein Moussavian's attorney condemned recent statements issued by Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and emphasized that his client has been cleared from the charge of espionage.

Hossein Moussavian

Fars news agency reports that Moussavian's defence attorney maintains that the acquittal of his client was confirmed in 2008 by a spokesman for the judiciary.

On Sunday the Islamic Republic Ministry of Intelligence issued an announcement in response to statements made by the head of Iran's Atomic Agency, Ali Akbar Salehi, who had said there was no proof that Moussavian had ever been involved in espionage during his time as deputy chief nuclear negotiator.

The intelligence ministry stated that "Moussavian has provided aliens with classified information and this is a clear case of espionage."

Moussavian, who was deputy chief nuclear negotiator during the second term of the reformist president, Mohammad Khatami, was charged with espionage in 2007 but was released on bail soon after.

Mossavian's attorney contends that the both the judiciary and the legislative branch of the government have officially announced his client's acquittal from espionage charges and warns that his client has threatened to break his silence over certain issues if the ministry insists on harassing him.

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