Iranian denies plan to attack Israeli embassy in Azerbaijan

November 21, 2013 19:51

BAKU - An Iranian man arrested on suspicion of planning an attack on the Israeli embassy in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan denies the allegation, an Iranian diplomat said on Thursday.

Hassan Faraji, 31, is the latest in a number of Iranians to be accused of criminal plots in recent years in Azerbaijan, which has tense ties with its larger southern neighbor.

Faraji was detained near the Israeli embassy in the capital Baku on Oct. 31 but his arrest was made public on Wednesday, when state TV showed footage of police raiding an apartment.

"Faraji had a detailed plan of an attack on personnel of the Israeli embassy...He put up a resistance to the police during a detention," police said in a statement.

A court in Azerbaijan sentenced him to one month pre-trial detention, while Azeri and Israeli media reported that he had connections with Iran's Revolutionary Guards, an allegation an Iranian official denied.

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