British PM May Deeply Concerned by Jailing of Woman in Iran

Theresa May, the British prime minister. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON, May 15 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday she was deeply concerned about the jailing of a British Council worker in Iran on espionage charges.

Iran said on Monday it had sentenced an Iranian woman to 10 years prison for spying for Britain, as tension rises between Tehran and some Western countries over its nuclear and missile programmes.

“It’s utterly shocking. I’m deeply concerned by the turn of events,” May told parliament, adding that the woman was working for a legitimate organisation that was trying to foster better relations between countries.

“The Foreign Secretary is taking this issue up, the government will press the case and the concerns that have been raised.”

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by Stephen Addison)