Iran’s regime has executed the former deputy defense minister sentenced to death for espionage for the UK. (Reuters)
Iran’s repressive forces executed on Saturday former Deputy Defense Minister Alireza Akbari, a British-Iranian citizen sentenced to death for allegedly spying for UK intelligence services, the Mizan Online news agency reported.
Alireza Akbari, 61, was hanged after being convicted of “corruption on Earth and attacking the internal and external security of the country by transferring intelligence information,” according to the aforementioned outlet.
The Iranian regime reported the death sentence of the former deputy minister last Wednesday, although it is unknown when he was sentenced for “spying for MI6” in exchange for “1,805,000 euros, 265,000 pounds and 50,000 dollars.”
Her execution was carried out despite calls from the international community for her arrest.
“Iran must not continue with the brutal threat of execution,” British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said Friday.
“We are closely following the case of Alireza Akbari,” he added.
For its part, the United States demanded the immediate release of the former vice defense minister.
“Iran must not continue with the brutal threat of execution,” British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said Friday. (Reuters)
“The United States echoes the firm call of the British government for Iran not to proceed with this execution and to immediately release Mr. Akbari,” Vedant Patel, deputy spokesman for the State Department, defended at a press conference.
In audio broadcast on BBC Persian on Wednesday, Akbari said he had confessed to crimes he had not committed after undergoing extensive torture.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has been accused of using prisoners with dual nationality in particular, but also from other countries, as a measure of pressure or for prisoner exchanges with other countries.
This has been dubbed Iran’s “hostage diplomacy” by other countries and human rights organizations.
Akbari held the post of deputy defense minister during the tenure of former reformist president Mohamed Katami (1997-2005) and was arrested three years ago.
The Intelligence Ministry described Akbari “as one of the most important cases of infiltration” of the security of the Persian country.
Regime propaganda outlets on Thursday released a video they said showed Akbari played a role in the 2020 assassination of top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, killed in a 2020 bombing outside Tehran that authorities So they blamed Israel.
“The United States echoes the firm call of the British government for Iran not to proceed with this execution and to immediately release Mr. Akbari,” Vedant Patel, deputy spokesman for the State Department, defended at a press conference. (Screenshot: Twitter/StateDeputySpox)
In the video, Akbari did not confess to his involvement in the murder, but claimed that a British agent had asked him for information on Fakhrizadeh.
The announcement of her death sentence came amid protests rocking Iran following the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini, after she was arrested for not wearing the Islamic headscarf properly.
Tehran has accused the United States, Israel, the United Kingdom, France and Germany of being behind the protests, in which nearly 500 people have died in brutal police repression.
At least four people have been executed for their participation in the demonstrations and 17 have been sentenced to hang.
Iran is one of the leading countries in number of executions, with 246 of them in 2021.
(With information from EFE)
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