Iran EXECUTS Briton after accusing him of spying for MI6 after coercing confession under torture
A BRITISH MAN has been executed in Iran after being accused of being an MI6 spy.
Alireza Akbari, who holds dual Iranian citizenship, was killed by the brutal regime according to state media.
He was sentenced to death for “corruption on earth and undermining the internal and external security of the country by transmitting information”.
Akbair – a former Iranian defense official – denied all charges and claimed he was tortured as he was forced to confess on camera.
He had been in prison since 2019.
His execution comes as British authorities investigate a shipment of uranium seized at Heathrow believed to be linked to Iran.
Britain had demanded that Tehran end what Foreign Secretary James Cleverly called a “politically motivated” execution.
Iranian state media had reported that Akbari, 61, had held high positions in the country’s defense establishment.
His positions included “Deputy Minister of Defense for Foreign Affairs” and a post in the “Secretariat of the Supreme National Security Council”.
Akbari had also been “advisor to the commander of the navy” as well as “head of a division at the research center of the Ministry of Defense”.
“The actions of the British spy service in this case have shown the valor of the convict, the importance of his access and the enemy’s confidence in him,” Iranian news agency Mizan Online reported.
In a video released by Iranian media, Akbari apparently talks about his contacts with Britain.
He also says he was questioned by the British about Iran’s top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was assassinated in November 2020 in an attack Tehran blames on Israel’s sworn enemy.
Akbari, a veteran of the Iran-Iraq war that raged from 1980 to 1988, was arrested between March 2019 and March 2020, state media said.
Mizan, citing a statement from Iran’s Intelligence Ministry, said earlier this week that Akbari had become a “key spy” for Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, more commonly known as MI6, because of “the importance of his position”.
In February 2019, Iran’s official government gazette published an interview with Akbari, whom it identified as a “former deputy defense minister” during Mohammad Khatami’s 1997-2005 presidency.
In early December, Iran executed four people accused of working with Israeli intelligence, Mizan said at the time.
Iran hanged them four days after the Supreme Court upheld their death sentences for “their intelligence cooperation with the Zionist regime (Israel) and their kidnapping”, Mizan reported.
Akbari’s execution comes as Iran is rocked by protests sparked by the September 16 death of Mahsa Amini.
Amini was reportedly beaten to death by vice police after being detained for wearing an “inappropriate” headscarf.
Iranian justice has confirmed that 18 people have been sentenced to death in connection with the protests, according to a count established from official statements.
Among them, four were executed, triggering an international outcry.
Massive protests are taking place across Iran in one of the regime’s most sustained challenges.
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