Iran hangs former defence ministry official for spying for UK | News

Akbari was a former deputy defence minister, who Iran alleges shared data on senior officers.

Tehran, Iran – Iran has executed a former deputy defence minister on allegations of spying for the UK.

The judiciary’s official information outlet confirmed on Saturday morning that Alireza Akbari, a British-Iranian twin nationwide, was hanged after being convicted of “corruption on Earth” and performing in opposition to nationwide safety by spying for British intelligence.

It added that Akbari was earlier sentenced to loss of life for “harming the nation’s inner and exterior safety by passing on intelligence”.

“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.

It claimed he had obtained coaching from the MI-6, established shell firms to thwart Iranian intelligence providers, had intelligence conferences in varied nations, together with Austria and the UAE, and obtained British citizenship as a reward for “betraying” his nation.

British Overseas Minister James Cleverly had beforehand referred to as for a halt to Akbari’s execution, saying “it is a politically motivated act by a barbaric regime that has complete disregard for human life”. America had additionally referred to as for stopping the execution.

Akbari was alleged to have handed on details about dozens of senior Iranian officers, together with Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a high nuclear scientist assassinated in a city close to Tehran in 2020. Iran blamed the assault on Israel.

In keeping with the Iranian judiciary, Akbari started working with British intelligence in 2004 for 5 years earlier than leaving the nation. In 2009, he was allegedly suggested by the UK to depart Iran.

Akbari then allegedly re-entered Iran a number of years later to proceed his actions, and was finally arrested.

The judiciary didn’t announce the date of his arrest however he was reportedly taken into custody in 2019.

Earlier this week, the state-run IRNA information company launched a video purporting to indicate “confessions” by Akbari, who is claimed to have been an in depth ally of Ali Shamkhani, Iran’s present safety chief and defence minister from 1997 to 2005, when Akbari was his deputy.

Akbari’s household had instructed British media he was harmless and had fallen sufferer to “political video games” in Iran.

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