Iran to execute man for 'spying for CIA'

Cheryl Sanders
February 4, 2020

Tehran, Feb 4 (SocialNews.XYZ) The spokesman of Iran's Judiciary said on Tuesday that the country's Supreme Court has approved the death sentence of an Iranian national who was spying for the US.

"Amir Rahimpour who spied for the CIA and received huge amounts of money and attempted to provide the US intelligence service with a part of Iran's nuclear information was tried and had been sentenced to death", Judiciary Spokesman Gholam Hossein Esmayeeli said at a news conference in Tehran, according to Iran's FARS news agency.

Esmaili provided no evidence of the nationality of the convicted individuals working for a charity. The country's judiciary later said that Iranian military personnel working for United States intelligence would be executed for treason, while non-military personnel would receive long prison sentences. The U.S. embassy in Tehran was stormed by students in November 1979 and called the "spy nest".

"It's part of the nature of the ayatollah to lie to the world", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at the time, referring to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The CIA did not immediately comment.

Last July, Iran's Intelligence Ministry said it had detained 17 Iranians, accusing them of spying for the U.S. In response, President Trump said the claim was "totally false".

The names of the individuals would not be released yet because the sentence has not been finalized, Esmaili told a press conference streamed live on the judiciary's website.

The Iranian Supreme Court has affirmed a death sentence for a man convicted of giving secrets about Iran's nuclear program to the the Central Intelligence Agency, a government spokesman announced Tuesday.

He was hanged in August 2016, the same week that Tehran executed a group of militants and a year after Iran agreed to a landmark accord to limit uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. Amiri had defected to the United States at the height of Washington's efforts to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

Meanwhile, Iranian nuclear scientists were targeted in a series of assassinations.

In January, top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Revolutionary Guards' overseas operations arm, was killed in a USA drone strike in Baghdad.

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