Iran hangs former defense ministry official over spy claim

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Himalaya Times
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Iran said Saturday it had executed a dual Iranian-British national who once worked for its defense ministry, despite an international outcry over his death sentence and those of others held amid nationwide protests.

Iran’s Mizan news agency, associated with the country’s judiciary, announced Ali Reza Akbari’s hanging. Authorities have not released any details about his trial and when the execution took place. However, there were rumors he had been executed days ago.

Iran had accused Akbari, without offering evidence, of being a spy for Britain’s MI-6 intelligence agency. It aired a highly edited video of Akbari discussing the allegations resembling others that activists have described as coerced confessions. Akbari, who ran a private think tank, has not been seen in public since 2019, when he was apparently arrested.

Iran is one of the world’s top executioners.

-AP

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