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.
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.
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.