Iran executes man convicted of spying for Israel and the US
The erstwhile translator had been found guilty of receiving huge sums of money from Israel's Mossad and the US's CIA, said judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili.
Iran’s judiciary has declared the execution of a man convicted of spying for the intelligence agencies of Israel and the United States.
Mahmoud Mousavi Majd, who was detained in 2018, was executed on Monday morning “over the charge of spying so that the case of his treachery would be closed forever,” the judiciary’s Mizan Online website said.
The erstwhile translator had been found guilty of receiving huge sums of money from Israel’s Mossad and America’s CIA, said judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili.
Last month, the judiciary said Majd had spied on Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Qassem Soleimani. However, this case was not directly connected to the top general’s assassination earlier this year.
On January the 3rd, a US drone strike in Baghdad killed Soleimani, commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force, escalating fears of a full-blown conflict between Iran and the US. Tehran retaliated for his murder by firing a volley of ballistic missiles at the bases housing American troops in Iraq.
Majd was not an IRGC member “but infiltrated various sensitive areas under the cover of being a translator,” Mizan said.
He was found to have been paid “US dollars to reveal information on military equipment, adviser convoys, and communication systems, commanders and their movements, important geographical areas, passwords, and codes,” until he came under scrutiny and his access was revoked.
Iran said last week it had executed another person convicted of spying for the CIA by selling information regarding Iran’s missile program.
The latest execution came days after an “unprecedented” online campaign saw Iranians taking to social media in droves to convey their opposition to the death sentences handed to three persons accused of participating in anti-government protests last November.
Their executions have been suspended, one of their lawyers, Babak Paknia, said on Sunday.
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