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Iran charges two German journalists with espionage

The pair were arrested in October for interviewing the son of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, a woman se

Iranian authorities on Tuesday have charged two German journalists with spying in Iran.

The reporter and the photo-journalist of the German newspaper "Bild am Sonntag" were arrested in October for interviewing the son of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, a woman who has been sentenced to death by stoning on charges of adultery.

Walter Mayer, chief editor of the German paper, confirmed that the two reporters belonged to his newspaper and expressed strong concern over them being charged with espionage. He said that the newspaper was doing its best to rescue the journalists.

In a television interview on Monday, the duo said that they had been deceived by Iranian activist Mina Ahadi, Reuters reported.

They claimed that Ahadi, who is associated with the German-based International Committee Against Stoning, had persuaded them to enter Iran illegally and conduct the interview.

The US-based Committee for Protecting Journalists (CPJ) condemned Iran's charges.