(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Several foreigners were detained in Iran on Wednesday, including
the United Kingdom's second most senior envoy in Tehran, as Iranian
Revolutionary Guards carried out operations against alleged acts of
spying such as taking soil samples from restricted areas, Trend reports citing
It did not say whether those detained were still under
'These spies were taking earth samples in Iran's central desert
where the Revolutionary Guards' aerospace missile exercises were
conducted,' state TV said.
The TV showed footage of Giles Whitaker and his family in
central Iran, where the British diplomat appeared to be taking
ground samples. The TV said it was near an area where a missile
test was taking place.
'Whitaker was expelled from (the area) after apologizing,' the
TV report said.
State TV identified one of those detained as the husband of
Austria's cultural attache in Iran. It also showed a picture of a
third foreigner, identifying him as Maciej Walczak, a university
professor in Poland whom it said was visiting Iran as a
The TV report ran footage allegedly showing Maciej Walczak and
three colleagues collecting earth samples in another area after
visiting Iran on a scientific exchange program. It said their
sample collection coincided with a missile test in Iran's southern
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