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Britain has described Iran’s execution of British-Iranian nationwide Alireza Akbari on espionage fees as a “barbaric” act that won’t go unchallenged.

The hanging of Akbari, a former Iranian deputy protection minister sentenced to dying for spying for Britain in what critics have known as a “political” resolution, was introduced by the Iranian judiciary’s Mizan information company on January 14. The report didn’t say when Akbari’s execution befell, though some experiences have indicated it might have been days in the past.

Akbari reportedly moved to Britain after he was briefly detained in Iran in 2008 and is believed to have been arrested in 2019 after returning to Iran. Few particulars have been launched about his case, as accusations of espionage and different crimes associated to nationwide safety in Iran are normally tried behind closed doorways.

Mizan reported on January 14 that Akbari was executed after being “sentenced to dying on fees of corruption on Earth and in depth motion in opposition to the nation’s inside and exterior safety by way of espionage for the British authorities’s intelligence service.”

The report additionally alleged that Akbari had acquired funds amounting to greater than $2 million for spying.

Iranian state media this week aired video it stated confirmed that Akbari performed a task within the 2020 assassination of one in every of Iran’s high nuclear scientists, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. The video doesn’t present Akbari confessing to involvement within the killing, solely saying {that a} British agent had requested him for details about Fakhrizadeh. Tehran has blamed the assassination on Israel.

Akbari was sentenced to dying final week and Britain and the USA had known as on Iran to not perform the sentence.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, responding on Twitter to experiences that Akbari was hanged, on January 14 known as the execution “a callous and cowardly act carried out by a barbaric regime with no respect for the human rights of their very own folks.”

Iran doesn’t acknowledge twin nationality for its residents.

British International Secretary James Cleverly, in a January 14 tweet, wrote that “this barbaric act deserves condemnation within the strongest attainable phrases. This won’t stand unchallenged.”

Iran’s International Ministry introduced on the identical day that it had summoned Britain’s ambassador to Tehran to protest alleged acts in opposition to Iran’s nationwide safety.

“In response to Britain’s unconventional interventions, together with within the nationwide safety subject of the Islamic Republic of Iran, at this time, Simon Shercliff, the ambassador of this nation in Tehran, was summoned,” the ministry stated in an announcement. “The British authorities ought to be held accountable for establishing unconventional communications resulting in an assault on [Iran’s] nationwide safety.”

The assertion added that the “British authorities should settle for the implications of the accountability of constant its unorthodox and interventionist strategy.”

Akbari served as deputy to Iranian Protection Minister Ali Shamkhani from 1997 to 2005 as a part of the administration of reformist former President Mohammad Khatami. Akbari had beforehand been an adviser to the Iranian Navy and applied the UN decision that ended the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq Warfare.

In an audio recording broadcast final week by BBC Persian, Akbari stated he confessed to crimes he didn’t commit whereas being tortured for months in detention.

“I used to be interrogated and tortured for over 3,500 hours in 10 months,” he stated. “All of that was recorded on digicam…. Through the use of the drive of gun and making dying threats they made me confess to false and baseless claims.”

Within the video broadcast by Iran’s state information company IRNA on January 12, Akbari mentioned being requested concerning the nuclear scientist Fakhrizadeh by a British agent.

“They wished to find out about high-ranking officers relying on the foremost developments,” Akbari stated. “For instance, he [the agent] requested me whether or not Fakhrizadeh may very well be concerned in such and such initiatives and I stated why not.”

The execution comes as relations between Iran and Britain have deteriorated in current months, with London criticizing Tehran’s crackdown on mass protests in Iran.

Outstanding Iranian lawyer Saeed Daehgan criticized Akbari’s dying sentence as “political” in a January 14 tweet. The lawyer, who’s believed to be dwelling overseas however has represented many circumstances involving twin nationals in Iran, prompt that it was associated to experiences that Britain is planning to formally declare Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps a terrorist group.

With reporting by RFE/RL’s Radio Farda, Reuters, dpa, and AP

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