Iran hangs ‘Mossad spy’
TEHRAN — Iran hanged on Tuesday a man found guilty of feeding Israeli spy agency Mossad with Iranian military secrets and information on its missile programme for a period of six years, news agency IRNA reported.
Ali Akbar Siadat was hanged in Tehran’s Evin prison after being condemned to death for “working for Mossad,” IRNA quoted the Tehran prosecutor’s office as saying.
Siadat was found guilty of having had links with Mossad for six years. “He had received 60,000 dollars to give classified information to the Zionist regime,” the state news agency said.
Siadat had acknowledged having established contacts with one Israeli embassy overseas and that he had been giving information “about missiles belonging to the Revolutionary Guards.”
He was also transferring information “to the enemy of military bases, fighter jets, the number of training flights, airplane accidents and air systems of the Revolutionary Guards,” the report said.
Three years ago Siadat had received a computer and other equipment for his work. He used to meet his contacts from the Israeli intelligence service in Turkey, Thailand and Netherlands in different hotels, IRNA said.
It added that when he was arrested two years ago with his wife while trying to leave Iran he was found with 29 pages of classified information.
Iranian media on Sunday announced that another Iranian had also been sentenced to death for working as a “spy” for Israel.
His identity will be revealed after confirmation of the sentence, Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said, according to Mehr news agency.
In late October, media reports quoted Dolatabadi as saying that two Iranians had been charged with spying for Israel, which accuses Tehran of seeking to develop atomic weapons under the guise of a civilian nuclear programme.
Iran routinely accuses arch-foe Israel of carrying out hostile activities against the Islamic republic, including espionage against its armed forces and its nuclear programmes.
Iranian officials have accused the Israeli intelligence services, as well as the United States and Britain, of attacking two of its top nuclear scientists on November 26.
Majid Shahriari, a senior scientist involved in Iran’s nuclear activities, was killed by a bomb placed against his car. Fereydoun Abbassi Davani, another top nuclear expert, was wounded in a similar attack.
Israel and its ally the United States have not ruled out a military strike against Iran to stop its nuclear programme.
Iran denies that its programme of uranium enrichment is aimed at making nuclear weapons.
IRNA reported that another man, Ali Saremi, was also hanged on Tuesday in Evin prison after he was found guilty of anti-revolution activities.
Saremi, a member of the People’s Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran (PMOI), the main armed opposition group, was charged with participating in activities of counter-revolution groups and providing them with information.
He had been arrested several times since the 1979 Islamic revolution for similar anti-revolution activities.
The latest two hangings bring to 171 the total number of people executed in Iran so far this year, according to an AFP count based on media reports. At least 270 people were executed in 2009.
Along with China, Saudi Arabia and the United States, Iran has one of the highest numbers of executions each year.
The Islamic republic says the death penalty is essential to maintain law and order and is applied only after exhaustive judicial proceedings.
Murder, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking and adultery are other crimes punishable by death in Iran.