He said the convict, who was arrested by Iranian intelligence and security organizations, had been cooperating with the British espionage service and was tasked with designing, managing and planning cultural infiltration projects in Iran.
But a London-based British Council employee and art student, Aras Amiri, was held in Iran in March 2018, the BBC reported. The friend told Reuters that Amiri, 33, was resident in Britain but did not have British nationality.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband, Richard Ratcliffe, has been separated from his daughter, Gabriella, who was with her mother when she was detained in Iran and has since remained in the country with her grandparents.
The UK is now engaged in a protracted effort to free another woman, the dual British-Iranian national, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, from prison in Tehran.
The British Council is the UK's worldwide organisation working in arts and culture, English language, education and civil society.
Iran closed down the British Council's offices in Tehran in 2009.
Authorities in Iran have previously arrested local staff working for the British Embassy in Iran.
Esmaili said the woman had been in custody for nearly a year.
It was not immediately clear if Amiri was the woman sentenced Monday.
Monday's announcement prompted an immediate response from London, with the UK's Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) saying it was "very concerned" by the Iranian move.
The British Council said a year ago that it was aware that one of its staff had been detained while making a private family visit, without identifying them as Ms Amiri.
Arrests of Iranians accused of espionage has increased since the Islamic Republic's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said a year ago there had been "infiltration" by Western agents in the country.
Iranian authorities accused her of plotting against the government and handed her a five-year jail sentence.
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