Iran executes accused British spy by hanging: judiciary
Iran on Saturday executed former high defence official and twin British nationwide Alireza Akbari, who was accused of spying for UK intelligence, the judiciary reported.
Akbari was executed after being sentenced to demise for “corruption on earth and harming the nation’s inner and exterior safety by passing on intelligence”, the judicial information company Mizan On-line reported.
“The actions of the British spy service on this case have proven the worth of the convict, the significance of his entry and the enemy’s belief in him,” it added.
Britain has demanded that Tehran halt what international minister James Cleverly has referred to as a “politically motivated” execution.
On Thursday, state media had reported that 61-year-old Akbari had held excessive positions within the nation’s defence institution.
His posts included “deputy minister of defence for international affairs” and a place within the “secretariat of the Supreme Nationwide Safety Council.”
Akbari had additionally been an “advisor to the commander of the navy” in addition to “heading a division on the defence ministry’s analysis centre”.
In a video revealed by Iranian media, Akbari is seen apparently speaking about his contacts with Britain.
He additionally says he was questioned by the British about Iran’s high nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, assassinated in November 2020 in an assault that Tehran blames on arch-foe Israel.
Akbari, a veteran of the Iran-Iraq warfare that raged from 1980-1988, was arrested someday between March 2019 and March 2020, state media mentioned.
Mizan, citing a press release from Iran’s intelligence ministry, had mentioned earlier this week that Akbari grew to become a “key spy” for Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, extra generally generally known as MI6, as a result of “the significance of his place”.
In February 2019, the official authorities newspaper Iran revealed an interview with Akbari, whom it recognized as a “former deputy defence minister” in the course of the 1997-2005 presidency of Mohammad Khatami.
In early December, Iran executed 4 individuals accused of working with Israeli intelligence, Mizan mentioned on the time.
Iran hanged them 4 days after the Supreme Courtroom upheld their demise sentence for “their intelligence cooperation with the Zionist regime (Israel) and kidnapping”, Mizan reported.
Akbari’s execution comes as Iran has been rocked by protests sparked by the September 16 demise of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd, after she was arrested for allegedly violating the Islamic republic’s strict costume code for girls.
Iran’s judiciary has confirmed that 18 individuals have been sentenced to demise in reference to the protests, in keeping with a rely compiled by AFP from official bulletins.
Of those, 4 have been executed, sparking a world outcry.
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