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dual British-Iranian citizen Was hanged Iran A state-affiliated media outlet said Saturday that the execution was being carried out on corruption and espionage charges. This is just one of many executed by a government in turmoil. unprecedented protests across the country.

Iranian officials, Alireza Akbari was executed because of crimes that included “corruption on earth,” According to Mizan (an Iranian journalist affiliated with the judiciary), Akbari was charged with spying for MI6, the British intelligence agency. Akbari was charged with working as a spy for MI6, the British intelligence agency, and reportedly paid more than $2 million in various currencies – 1.805 million euros, 265,000 British pounds and $50,000 – Iranian state media reported Saturday.

Rishi Sunak, British Prime Minster, stated that he is “appalled by the execution.” On Twitter, he added: “This was a callous and cowardly act, carried out by a barbaric regime with no respect for the human rights of their own people. My thoughts are with Alireza’s friends and family.”

James Cleverly (Foreign Secretary) stated Saturday that the British government was considering sanctioning Iran’s Prosecutor General, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, to underline “our disgust at Alireza Akbari’s execution.”

“The Prosecutor General is at the heart of Iran’s use of the death penalty. We’re holding the regime to account for its appalling human rights violations,” Cleverly put.

Akbari allegedly provided information to foreign officials about 178 Iranian figures, including country’s chief nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iranian media reported. Fakhrizadeh, an Iranian media outlet affiliated with the Fars News said that a remote-controlled gun from inside a car killed him in 2020. Iran’s top officials accused Israel of masterminding the plot at the time, without providing evidence.

Akbari claimed to have done his intelligence work under the cover of a private firm that specialized in research, trade and other activities. He worked directly with London’s research institutes. Iran Claimed that they were headed by intelligence officers Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported. IRNA reported that Akbari was alleged to have met with an MI6 intelligence officer as well as a former British ambassador. Iran Richard Dalton.

Iran’s Supreme Court upheld the death penalty handed down to Akbari after deeming it to be based on “substantiated evidence,” IRNA.

Mizan did no specify when execution took place. Akbari’s death sentence was announced just days ago, on January 11, after his conviction on spying for the United Kingdom. Akbari denies the allegations.

Mizan reported Wednesday that Akbari has been accused of being arrested. “some time ago.” BBC reports that Akbari had been arrested in 2019.

“On this basis and after filing an indictment against the accused, the file was referred to court and hearings were held in the presence of the accused’s lawyer and based on the valid documents in this person’s file, he was sentenced to death for spying for the UK,” Mizan said.

Akbari served previously as Iran’s deputy defense minister and was the head of the Strategic Research Institute, as well as a member of the military organization that implemented the United Nations resolution that ended the IranIranian pro-reform outlet Shargh Daily reports that the Iraq War was a result of Iranian war crimes. According to BBC reports, he was a soldier under Iranian President Mohammad Khatami who was a reformist and was in office between 1997-2005.

Thought Iran It does not recognise dual nationality, the execution of an individual holding British citizenship will likely further fuel tensions between Tehran and Western democracies, which have been critical of the regime’s response to anti-government demonstrations that began in September last year.

Iran Has long ranked among the world’s top executionersAkbari was one of three people to be executed in 2023. Two young men, a karate champion and a volunteer children’s coach, were hanged last weekend after being convicted of killing a member of the country’s Basij paramilitary force. Both had allegedly taken part in the protests that began after a 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman, Mahsa Amini, died while in custody of the country’s morality police.

Amini’s death sparked massive nationwide demonstrations against a regime often criticized as theocratic and dictatorial.

Critics have accused Tehran of responding to protests with excessive force – activist groups HRANA and Iran Human Rights say that 481 protesters have been killed – and using the country’s unjust judicial system to intimidate would-be demonstrators. United Nations human rights chief Volker Türk alleged that Tehran was “weaponizing” For criminal proceedings to be carried out “state-sanctioned killing” Protesters.

According to Iranian officials as well, up to 41 additional protesters were sentenced in recent months. However, this is based on statements reviewed by 1500Tasvir and The Sunday Review. The number of death sentences could rise.

Iranian media reported that the unrest has resulted in the deaths of dozens of agents from the security forces to the officers of the basij parmilitary force.

Thousands of people have taken to the streets since Mahsa Amini's death in September.

Though Akbari’s execution was, on its surface, unrelated to the recent protests, Cleverly, the British Foreign Secretary, alleged that the act was “politically motivated.” He stated: Iran’s charge d’affaires would be summoned over the execution “to make clear our disgust at Iran’s actions.”

“The execution of British-Iranian Alireza Akbari is a barbaric act that deserves condemnation in the strongest possible terms. Through this politically motivated act, the Iranian regime has once again shown its callous disregard for human life,” Cleverly expressed on Twitter “This will not stand unchallenged.”

UK Government had requested Iran Akbari was not executed, but the Foreign Office assured that they would support his family.

French authorities summoned Iran’s top diplomat in the country. French President Emmanuel Macron called Akbari’s execution an “odious and barbaric act.”

“His name will be added to the long list of victims of repression and the death penalty in Iran,” Macron tweeted Saturday.

Iran summoned to the UK Ambassador in a bizarre tit-for–tat act Iran to protest the British government’s “recent acts of sabotage” Its. “unconventional interventions in Iran’s internal affairs.”

Amnesty International called Akbari’s execution “particularly horrific” And an “abhorrent assault on the right to life.” Rights group claimed Akbari said that he was forced to take chemical substances from his mother, and then held for a prolonged time in solitary confinement. “confessions” repeatedly.

Amnesty called on the UK government “fully investigate” These allegations include torture and ill-treatment. “pursue all avenues to hold the Iranian authorities to account.”