Iran EXECUTES a British man on the grounds that he was an MI6 spy

Iran EXECUTES a British man on the grounds that he was an MI6 spy

The judiciary’s Mizan news agency said on Saturday that Iran executed British-Iranian national Alireza Akbari after sentencing him to death on allegations of espionage for Britain.

Alireza Akbari, a British-Iranian former deputy in Iran's defence ministry, was executed by the Iranian government in the early hours of Saturday over claims he was an MI6 spy
Former Iranian deputy defense minister Akbari was executed mere hours after British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly advised the Islamic regime against carrying out the execution.

In a fruitless effort to spare him, Britain denounced the death sentence as politically motivated and demanded his immediate release.

Alireza Akbari, who was condemned to death for corruption on earth and widespread activity against the country’s internal and exterior security via espionage for the British government’s intelligence service, was executed, according to a tweet by Mizan.

Alireza Akbari, a British-Iranian former deputy in Iran’s defense ministry, was executed in the early hours of Saturday on suspicion of being an MI6 spy.

He was accused of getting 1.8 million euros, 265,000 pounds, and 50,000 dollars for espionage.Alireza Akbari, a British-Iranian former deputy in Iran's defence ministry, was executed by the Iranian government in the early hours of Saturday over claims he was an MI6 spy

In an audio clip aired by BBC Persian on Wednesday, Akbari stated that he had falsely confessed to crimes he had not committed following harsh torture.

Iranian state media aired a video on Thursday that they claimed demonstrated Akbari’s involvement in the 2020 assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was killed in an attack near Tehran that officials at the time blamed on Israel.

In the film, Akbari did not admit to involvement in the assassination, but he did state that a British agent had requested information on Fakhrizadeh.

The Iranian official media frequently broadcasts alleged confessions made by suspects in politically heated cases.Akbari was executed after being sentenced to death for 'corruption on earth and harming the country's internal and external security by passing on intelligence'

Reuters was unable to determine the validity of the state media’s audio and video recordings, nor when or where they were captured.

In recent months, relations between London and Tehran have deteriorated as talks to renew the 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and the United Kingdom have stagnated.

A young Iranian-Kurdish woman’s death in jail in September prompted the United Kingdom to criticize the Islamic Republic’s brutal response to anti-government demonstrations.

Maryam, Mr. Akbari’s wife, stated earlier this week that an official urged her to visit her husband in prison for a ‘last meeting’ before the state execution.

The Iranian Ministry of Intelligence labeled the pictured lawmaker as “one of the most important British spies.”

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, was among the people responsible for approving Akbari’s death.

He was transferred to solitary confinement, an indication that his execution was close, after the Revolutionary Court issued a death sentence.

BBC Persia obtained an audio message from Mr. Akbari prior to his death in which he claims he was tortured and made to confess to crimes he did not commit on camera.

He claims that he was forced to use hallucinogens and interrogated for ten months.Iran's Ministry of Intelligence described the politician (pictured) as 'one of the most important agents of the British spy service'

The Iranian Ministry of Intelligence referred to the lawmaker as “one of the most important British spies.”

He formerly served in Iran’s military and security agencies and holds dual Iranian and British citizenship.

From 1997 to 2005, he served as the international deputy of the Ministry of Defense under two-star general Ali Shamkhani.

Shamkhani is the current secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, an important group for making decisions.

Some believe that Mr. Akbari’s claims may have been politically motivated by Shamshani’s opponents.

Iran asserts that once Mr. Akbari was recognized as a spy, Tehran officials employed him to mislead the United Kingdom with “directed information.”

Mr. Akbari was in Europe at one point, but he said he left Iran legitimately and was involved in various firms on the continent.

Iran, however, accused him of ‘fleeing’ and operating a ‘front company,’ and his financial lawyers were suspected of being intelligence agents.

 

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