Iran on Monday executed a former translator convicted of spying for the US and Israel, together with serving to to find a prime Iranian common killed later by the Americans, the judiciary stated.
The killing of Major General Qasem Soleimani in a US drone strike close to Baghdad airport in January introduced decades-old arch enemies Iran and the United States to the brink of battle.
The judiciary’s Mizan Online web site stated Mahmoud Mousavi Majd’s demise “sentence was carried out on Monday morning over the charge of espionage so that the case of his betrayal to his country will be closed forever”.
Its spokesman stated earlier this month that Majd had been sentenced to demise for spying on “various security fields, especially the armed forces and the Quds Force and the whereabouts and movements of martyr General Qasem Soleimani”.
“Majd had been found guilty of receiving large sums of money from both the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Israel’s Mossad,” stated the spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili.
Soleimani headed the Quds Force, the overseas operations arm of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Iran retaliated towards the United States for his demise by firing a volley of ballistic missiles at US troops stationed in Iraq, however US President Donald Trump opted towards responding militarily.
While the assault on the western Iraqi base of Ain Al-Asad left no US troopers useless, dozens suffered mind trauma.
Majd was arrested about two years in the past and was indirectly concerned within the killing of Soleimani, based on a press release the judiciary issued in June.
Majd had migrated to Syria within the 1970s along with his household and labored as an English and Arabic language translator at an organization, Mizan stated.
When battle broke out, he selected to remain within the nation whereas his household left.
“His knowledge of Arabic and familiarity with Syria’s geography made him close to Iranian military advisers and he took responsibilities in groups stationed from Idlib to Latakia,” the location added.
Majd was not a member of the Revolutionary Guards “but infiltrated many sensitive areas under the cover of being a translator”.
He was discovered to have been paid “American dollars to reveal information on adviser convoys, military equipment and communication systems, commanders and their movements, important geographical areas, codes and passwords” till he got here underneath scrutiny and his entry was downgraded.
Iranian state tv confirmed footage of what it stated was one in every of Majd’s CIA handlers, saying the alarm was raised after the interception of communications between the 2.
It additionally confirmed Majd in an obvious confession video saying he had acquired coded messages and reportedly met his handlers with paperwork, together with “photos and identification documents of forces and commanders”.
Executions and arrests
According to the report, he had been planning to additionally work with Saudi Arabia’s intelligence providers earlier than being detained.
He was arrested in October 2018, the location stated.
Iran stated final week it had executed one other man convicted of spying for the CIA by promoting details about Iran’s missile programme.
Reza Asgari had labored on the defence ministry’s aerospace division for years however retired 4 years in the past, after which he bought “information he had regarding our missiles” to the CIA in alternate for giant sums of cash.
Iran in February handed down an identical sentence for Amir Rahimpour, one other man convicted of spying for the US and conspiring to promote info on Iran’s nuclear programme.
Tehran introduced in December it had arrested eight individuals “linked to the CIA” and concerned in nationwide road protests that erupted the earlier month over a shock petrol worth hike.
It additionally stated in July 2019 that it had dismantled a CIA spy ring, arrested 17 suspects between March 2018 and March 2019 and sentenced a few of them to demise. Trump on the time dismissed the declare as “totally false”.