Iranian sentenced to jail in Azerbaijan for plot on Israeli Embassy


(JTA) — An Iranian citizen was sentenced to 15 years in jail in Azerbaijan for planning an attack on the Israeli Embassy in Baku.

Bahram Feyzi, who was arrested in March and accused of being an Iranian spy along with drug possession, was sentenced on Friday in the Baku Court on Grave Crimes, the French news agency AFP reported. He also was accused of being an Iranian secret service agent.

Iran’s embassy in Azerbaijan criticized the ruling, saying the charges against Feyzi are unfounded, Iran’s Press TV reported.

Twenty-two people were arrested in Azerbaijan in March on suspicion of planning to attack American, Israeli and Jewish targets, including the U.S. and Israeli embassies, a Jewish Agency for Israel facility and an American fast-food restaurant. At least seven people have been sentenced to jail time for the planned attack, according to AFP.

In January, at least two men were arrested after planning an attack on two Israeli teachers and Chabad emissaries at the Or Avner school in Baku.


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