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Iran arrests ex-nuclear negotiator

May 03, 2007|From the Associated Press

TEHRAN — Authorities have arrested Iran's former nuclear negotiator, Hossein Mousavian, and the semiofficial Fars news agency said he could face espionage charges.

The Iranian state-run news agency said Mousavian was arrested in the capital Monday.

"The probable charge of espionage activities may be raised against him," Fars quoted an unidentified official as saying. "Mousavian was arrested because of connections and exchange of information with foreign elements."

Mousavian was a member of the Iranian nuclear negotiating team until 2005. He was a close ally of former President Hashemi Rafsanjani.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who defeated Rafsanjani in the last elections, replaced the nuclear negotiating team, including Mousavian.

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