Iran will soon put on trial what it said were three Mossad-linked agents who were arrested in April, Iranian state news agency IRNA quoted a judiciary official as saying on Monday, as tensions between arch-foes Iran and Israel are on the increase.
"The three were planning to assassinate our nuclear scientists according to intelligence assessments," District Attorney Mehdi Shamsabadi said, without specifying the nationality of the detainees.
IRNA reported in April the arrest of three people it said were spies linked to the Israeli intelligence agency in Iran's southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan.
At the time of their arrest, Iranian intelligence stated that the three detainees were involved in "disseminating classified information and document."
According to a report from Walla News on Monday afternoon, Iran's investigation has only just started and an indictment will be filed soon.
Shamsabadi has stated that there was "ample evidence against the detainees," adding that "some of the detainees admitted that they had been in contact with Mossad officers," Walla reported.
Previous Mossad arrests in Iran
In March of this year, the Iranian Intelligence Ministry in West Azerbaijan claimed that it caught an Israeli spy network in Iran, according to IRNA.
The ministry claimed that the spy network was trying to carry out acts of sabotage inside Iran by hiring locals. The ministry added that "those who threaten the security of the people and society must either die, be injured or surrender to the law," according to IRNA.
In July of last year, Iran’s Intelligence Ministry claimed that it had arrested a network of Mossad agents and seized a heavy shipment of weapons and ammunition after they entered Iran through its western border, according to Fars News Agency.