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Criminals hanged in Iran
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Iran to put 'Israeli spy' to death

Tehran's chief prosecutor says identity of alleged spy to be announced after approval of verdict by Supreme Court

Iran has imposed a death sentence on a man suspected of spying for Israel, local media reported on Sunday.


The semiofficial Mehr news agency quoted Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi, Tehran's chief prosecutor, as saying, "The spy has been sentenced to death ... (His) identity will be announced after approval of the verdict" by Iran's Supreme Court. He did not say when that would be.


Dowlatabadi said three more cases of espionage were under review by the Iranian judiciary. He did not elaborate.


Israel had no immediate comment.


Tehran periodically announces arrest of people suspected of spying for Israel. In 2008, Iran executed Ali Ashtari, an electronics salesman convicted of relaying information on the country's nuclear program and other sensitive data to Israel's Mossad intelligence agency.


A court in 2000 convicted 10 Iranian Jews of spying for Israel in a closed-door trial and sentenced them to prison terms ranging from four to 13 years. All were released before serving out their full sentences after international pressure.


The report on the latest death sentence came as Israel continued to press for curtailment of Iran's nuclear program.



פרסום ראשון: 12.26.10, 18:59
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