Iran executes Iranian-British for espionage.
Posted on 14.1.2023
The Epoch Times reports that Tehran announced on Saturday the execution by hanging of a Iranian-British sentenced to death for spying for British intelligence, sparking anger and ” disgust “ from London.
Former senior Iranian defense official, Alireza Akbari, 61 years oldwas convicted of “corruption on Earth and for undermining the internal and external security of the country for having transmitted information” in the United Kingdom, according to the agency of the Iranian Judicial Authority Mizan Online.
His execution came three days after the announcement of the death sentence for this man presented as having been a “key spy” for the “Secret Intelligence Service” (SIS), also known as MI6, due to “the importance of his position”.
In a tweet, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Saturday denounced a condemnation “ruthless and cowardly”adding that his thoughts were with Alireza’s friends and family.
It’s a “barbaric act” who “will not go unanswered”, reacted for his part the head of British diplomacy James Cleverly. London goes “summon the Iranian charge d’affaires to tell him of our disgust”he added.
Alireza Akbari was hanged just hours after the United States joined its British ally in calling on Iran not to carry out his execution.
US diplomat Vedant Patel said on Friday that Washington had been “strongly concerned” by reports that Akbari was allegedly “drugged, tortured in police custody, interrogated for thousands of hours and forced to make false confessions”.
“An odious attack”
On Twitter, Amnesty International called the execution of Alireza Akbari on Saturday “heinous attack” against “the right to life”the NGO calling on the British government to “fully investigate” the accusations of torture of which he would have been the victim.
According to official media in Iran, a country which does not recognize dual nationality for its nationals, Alireza Akbari has held senior positions in the security and defense apparatus.
This veteran of the war between Iran and Iraq (1980-1988) was notably Deputy Minister of Defense for Foreign Affairs, head of a unit in a ministerial research center and adviser to the commander of the Navy, the official Irna agency said, without giving dates.
In February 2019, the official government gazette of Iran published an interview with Alireza Akbari presenting him as “former deputy minister of defence” under the presidency of Mohammad Khatami (1997-2005).
The defense minister then was Ali Shamkhani, current secretary of the Supreme National Security Council.
Akbari was arrested between March 2019 and March 2020, according to the Irna agency, while Mizan said he received payments of more than two million dollars for his services.
Iranian media released a video showing him explaining how he was approached by MI6, who interrogated him about nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was killed near Tehran in 2020 in an attack on his convoy. for which Iran has blamed Israel.
Iran regularly announces the arrest of agents suspected of working for foreign intelligence services. Four people accused of cooperating with the Israeli intelligence services were executed in early December.
Relations between Tehran and London have been weighed down in recent years by the arrest of several dual nationals.
Akbari’s execution comes as Iran is rocked by protests sparked by the September 16 death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd, after she was arrested for breaking the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code. for women.
Iranian justice has confirmed the death sentence of 18 people in connection with the demonstrations, according to a count established by AFP from official announcements. Among them, four have already been executed, triggering an international outcry.