Iran Executes Former Defense Minister

Iran has executed a former Deputy Defense Minister, Alireza Akbari on charges of passing Iran’s sensitive information to the United Kingdom’s intelligence agencies.

Alireza Akbari was a British Iranian dual national who was arrested by Iranian police in 2019 and this week, the judiciary announced his sentence of execution.

Iran claimed that Akbari received training from MI-6 and had intelligence meetings in various countries and passed secrets of Iran to them jeopardizing Iranian security.

A nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhirzadeh was assassinated in Tehran in 2009. Iran suggests that Akbari forwarded his whereabouts to the UK’s intelligence and betrayed Iran.

British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak said, “it is a callous and cowardly act carried out by a barbaric regime with no respect for the human rights of their own people”.

Akbari’s family has been devastated and claims that he was an innocent man who has fallen victim to the political games of Iran.

The International community does not support this decision and this might tense the relationship of Iran with other countries because it has been several years since Iran executed a high-profile person.

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