Iranian-British dual citizen executed for spying for the UK. According to Iranian media outlet Mizan on Wednesday, Alireza Akbari, a dual British-Iranian citizen and former Iranian official, has been given the death penalty in Iran for spying for the United Kingdom.
According to Iranian pro-reform publication Shargh Daily, Akbari formerly held the positions of deputy defence minister, head of the Strategic Research Institute, and member of the military group that carried out the United Nations resolution that ended the Iran-Iraq conflict.
Mizan claims that Akbari “was arrested for spying against this country some time ago. Accordingly, the case was brought before the court, hearings were held with the accused’s attorney present, and based on the verifiable evidence in this person’s file, he was given a death sentence for spying for the UK.
In order to free Akbari, Iran has been urged to halt its execution. According to the BBC, Akbari was detained in 2019 and worked for Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, a reformer who presided over the country from 1997 to 2005.
After evaluating the case and Akbari’s appeal, the Iranian Supreme Court upheld the death penalty, according to