On Saturday, Britain condemned Iran’s execution of former Iranian Defense Ministry official, Alireza Akbari, a British-Iranian man accused of spying for British intelligence, stressing that “it will not go unanswered “, while Amnesty International said Akbari’s execution in Iran is a heinous attack on the right to freedom.
British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said: “This barbaric act deserves to be condemned in the strongest possible terms. It will not go unanswered.”
For his part, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak described Akbari’s execution as “horrible”, considering it “a cruel and cowardly act carried out by a barbaric regime that does not respect the human rights of its people”.
In turn, Amnesty International condemned Iran’s “heinous attack” on its “right to life” on Twitter on Saturday after Tehran carried out Akbari’s death sentence.
“The execution by the Iranian authorities this morning (Saturday) of Iranian-British national Alireza Akbari is further evidence of their heinous attack on the right to life,” Amnesty said, calling on the British government to “investigate thoroughly” on allegations of apparent torture.
The Iranian judiciary on Saturday carried out the death sentence against Ali Reza Akbari, three days after it was revealed that he had been convicted of spying for the United Kingdom, of which he holds a citizenship.
The next day, i media Iranian officials have published details about Akbari, noting that in he had previously held positions in the Ministry of Defense and the Supreme National Security Council.
According to the judiciary-affiliated “Mizan” agency, the death sentence against Akbari was carried out by hanging after he was convicted of “corruption on earth and damaging the internal and external security of the country through the transmission of intelligence information”.
Alireza Akbari, a dual Anglo-Iranian citizen, served as adviser or assistant to Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani in two terms of the government of Mohammad Khatami (1997-2005) and in the years From 2005 to 2007, when Ali Larijani led the nuclear negotiations, collaborated with him is the team led by Jawad and Eid.
After leaving Iran and traveling in Austria, Spain and finally in Great Britain, began its economic activity there, lived more than a decade in Great Britain and obtained dual citizenship.
He was arrested in 2019 on charges of spying on important information. He was tried before Judge Salawati in Section 15 of the Revolutionary Court and was sentenced to death. After rejecting the verdict, he appealed the verdict and the case it was reconsidered in the Supreme Court, which upheld the original verdict and the death sentence against Ali Reza Akbari.
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