Former #Swedish security food chief #arrested for #spying for #Iran

Swedish media, including Aftonbladet and Expressen, reported that a former Swedish food chief had been arrested for spying for Iran between 2011 and 2015.

Local and Persian-language websites have identified the Iranian as Peyman Kia, 41, adding that he was a Swedish citizen who worked as a Swedish security police chief (SEPO) and had previously worked for a Swedish military body under the guise of an analyst.  He was spying.

The man was arrested last Monday, and on Thursday a Stockholm court ruled to detain him for gross and unlawful abuse of his position and access to classified information and breach of national security, so that he could not destroy documents or escape.  The arrested person is accused of espionage for acceptable reasons, the Swedish Security Service said in a statement.

In his initial application form, he mentioned his job as an archivist and project manager in the field of improving working methods and obtaining intelligence and investigative information.