Iran minister confirms Swedes’ sentence

An Iranian court has jailed two Swedes for three years for photographying military installations, Justice Minister Jamal Karimi-Rad told the student news agency ISNA Tuesday.

In the Islamic republic, the crime of espionage can carry the death penalty.

The pair had appeared before a revolutionary court in the Gulf port of Bandar Abbas on April 22, charged with taking pictures of military sites, naval facilities and telecommunication posts on the island of Qeshm.

The Swedish daily Aftonbladet identified the two men as construction workers aged between 30 and 40 from western Sweden.

The Swedish foreign ministry had earlier said its embassy in Tehran was “working intensively” to secure the pair’s release.