Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have arrested 30 dual nationals during the past two years, mostly on spying charges, say lawyers, diplomats and relatives, the number doubled as earlier reported by local or international media.
The number marks a sharp rise since 2015, when an international nuclear deal raised hopes of detente between Islamic Republic and the West. In the years before the deal was singed the number of dual nationals detained at any given time was in single figures.
It also points up a new trend as a majority of those arrested since then, 19 out of the 30, have citizenship in Europe. Previously most of the detainees were Iranian Americans.