In this June 7, 2017, file photo, police patrol outside Iran's parliament building after an assault by several attackers, in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)
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A former Iranian deputy prime minister who spent years in jail on charges of spying for the U.S. died Thursday at the age of 86, state media reported.The Fars news agency said he had been at home at the time and could not be resuscitated.It was not clear how long he had been out of prison and under what conditions he had been allowed to return home.The government sent him to Sweden as an ambassador, but he was later recalled, arrested and sentenced to life in prison in 1981 for spying for the United States -- a charge he always denied.After serving a 17-year sentence, he was arrested again in 1998 after making critical statements about the former head of the Evin prison near Tehran.
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