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Iran arrests two fake foreign journalists
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Iranian Judiciary Spokesman Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei
Iran's judiciary spokesman says Iranian forces have arrested two foreign nationals who under the guise of journalists sought to gather information on a woman convicted of adultery and murder.


The two foreigners went to the home of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani and conducted an interview with her son, Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei said during a weekly press conference on Monday.

Authorities were notified by a person close to the family who became suspicious about the foreigners' visit, he said according to a report carried by Mehr news agency.

"It turned out that the two people were not journalists -- or that they had no proof for it, and had entered the country as tourists. [They] had asked Ms. Mohammadi's family … questions," Mohseni-Ejei said.

Ashtiani, a mother of two, was found guilty of murdering her husband in collusion with another man, Isa Taheri, who had an affair with the woman.

Mohseni-Ejei said the two foreigners, whose nationality was not revealed, were introduced through "an Iranian fugitive who resides" in the same country as the two men.

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