Iranian-British citizen Ali Reza Akbari has been sentenced to death for spying for the United Kingdom



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Alireza Akbari, a dual British-Iranian citizen and former Iranian official, has been sentenced to death in Iran for spying for the United Kingdom, according to Mizan, which is linked to the Iranian judiciary, on Wednesday.

Akbari previously served as Iran’s deputy defense minister He was head of the Institute for Strategic Research, as well as a member of the military organization that implemented the UN resolution that ended the Iran-Iraq war, according to the pro-reform Iranian daily Charg.

According to Mizan’s allegations, Akbari “was arrested some time ago on charges of spying on this country. On this basis and after filing an indictment against the accused, the file was referred to court and hearings were held in the presence of the accused’s lawyer and based on the valid documents in this person’s file, he was sentenced to death on charges of espionage for the United Kingdom. . ”

The British government called on Iran to halt the execution and to release Akbari. The BBC reported that Akbari was arrested in 2019 and that he served under Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, a reformist who was in office from 1997 to 2005.

Akbari appealed the decision, and after reviewing the case, Iran’s Supreme Court upheld the death sentence, according to Mizan. The outlet claims that Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence confirmed that Akbari was an undercover agent for Britain’s MI6 intelligence service, claiming that he collected “important national information and presented it in a fully informed and informed manner.”

“This spy was in the process of obtaining a visa from the British Embassy by intelligence agents stationed there,” Mizan said.

British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly called for the execution to be halted. Iran should halt the execution of British-Iranian citizen Alireza Akbari and release him immediately. “This is a politically motivated act by a barbaric regime that completely ignores human life,” he said in a tweet.

A British Foreign Office spokesperson told CNN that it supports Akbari’s family and “has raised his case repeatedly with the Iranian authorities. Our priority is to secure his immediate release and we have reiterated our request for urgent access to the consulate.”

The Islamic Republic of Iran has long been ranked among the world’s highest-profile executioners.

Amnesty International said in a May 2022 report that the regime executed 314 people in 2021, up 20% from the previous year.

Last weekend, Iran executed two protesters for killing security personnel, causing an international outcry. Critics said the executions were the result of hasty show trials.

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