Iran says it has begun the trial of a Swedish national employed by the European Union who is charged with spying for Israel and “corruption on earth”.
Johan Floderus was indicted “based on corruption on earth, widespread activities against national security [and] wide intelligence cooperation with the Zionist regime”, a reference to Israel, the Iranian judiciary’s Mizan news agency said in an online report on Sunday.
Corruption on earth is a capital offence under Iran’s Islamic laws.
Floderus, 33, was arrested on April 17, 2022, at Tehran airport as he was returning to Iran from a trip with friends. The Swede, who works for the EU diplomatic service, is being held in Tehran’s Evin prison.
Iran’s judiciary, in a statement, said Floderus had operated through projects by the United States and European institutions to gather intelligence for Israel.
Iranian officials said he had been in touch with several European and non-European suspects in Iran and had visited Israel, Iran’s foe, before visiting Iran. The statement accused Sweden of proxy spying for Israel.