BAKU: A court in Azerbaijan on Friday sentenced an alleged Iranian spy to 15 years in jail for allegedly plotting an attack on the Israeli embassy in the tightly-controlled ex-Soviet state.
Iranian citizen Bahram Feyzi, who was arrested by Azerbaijani security forces in March, was sentenced by the Baku Court on Grave Crimes, court officials said.
According to court documents, Feyzi-- who was also found guilty of espionage and drug possession-- was accused of being an agent of the secret service of neighbouring Iran.
Baku and Tehran have somewhat tetchy relations, with Azerbaijani officials previously linking Iran to an alleged plot to stage a wave of attacks during the Eurovision song contest held in mainly Muslim, but officially secular, Azerbaijan in May 2012.
At least seven people have been sentenced to lengthy jail terms in connection with the alleged plot while 29 more are currently facing trial.
Oil-rich Azerbaijan enjoys warm relations with the United States and Israel and has become an increasingly important energy supplier to Europe.
Strongman President Ilham Aliyev won a third term with a crushing victory at the polls Wednesday, in a vote condemned as "seriously flawed" by international observers.