Iran executes British-Iranian national Alireza Akbari, says Iranian report

File photograph of Alireza Akbari.
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Iran has executed British-Iranian national Alireza Akbari, the judiciary’s Mizan information company reported on January 14, 2023, after sentencing him to dying on prices of spying for Britain.

British Overseas Secretary James Cleverly mentioned on Friday that Iran should not observe by with the execution of Akbari, a former Iranian deputy defence minister.

Britain had described the dying sentence as politically motivated and referred to as for his rapid launch.

“Alireza Akbari, who was sentenced to dying on prices of corruption on earth and in depth motion towards the nation’s inside and exterior safety by espionage for the British authorities’s intelligence service … was executed,” Mizan mentioned in a tweet.

It accused him of receiving 1,805,000 euros, 265,000 kilos, and $50,000 for spying.

In an audio recording broadcast by BBC Persian on Wednesday, Akbari mentioned he had confessed to crimes he had not dedicated after in depth torture.

Iranian state media broadcast a video on Thursday that they mentioned confirmed that Akbari performed a task within the 2020 assassination of Iran’s high nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, killed in a 2020 assault exterior Tehran which authorities blamed on the time on Israel.

Within the video, Akbari didn’t confess to involvement within the assassination however mentioned a British agent had requested for details about Fakhrizadeh.

Iran’s state media typically airs purported confessions by suspects in politically charged instances.

Reuters couldn’t set up the authenticity of the state media video and audio, or when or the place they had been recorded.

U.Ok. condemns ‘barbaric’ execution

Britain on Saturday described the execution as barbaric and mentioned it could not go unpunished.

“I’m appalled by the execution of British-Iranian citizen Alireza Akbari in Iran,” Prime Minister Rishi Sunak mentioned on Twitter. “This was a callous and cowardly act, carried out by a barbaric regime with no respect for the human rights of their very own individuals.” 

Ties between London and Tehran have deteriorated in latest months as efforts have stalled to revive Iran’s 2015 nuclear pact, to which Britain is a celebration.

Britain has additionally been important of the Islamic Republic’s violent crackdown on anti-government protests, sparked by the dying in custody of a younger Iranian-Kurdish lady in September.

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