Alireza Akbari: Who was the British-Iranian national executed in Iran? | World News


Iran has executed a British-Iranian national after accusing him of spying for the UK.

Alireza Akbari had labored as Iran‘s deputy defence minister and was arrested in 2019, accused of committing espionage for MI6.

Iranian state media introduced he had been put to dying by hanging.

Sky News takes a have a look at the particulars of Mr Akbari’s life and the accusations made towards him.

Government minister beneath reformist president

Mr Akbari served as Iran’s deputy defence minister when Ali Shamkhani was minister from 1997 to 2005 as a part of reformist president Mohammad Khatami’s administration.

He was a detailed ally of Mr Shamkhani, who’s presently the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, since the Iran-Iraq warfare in the Nineteen Eighties.

He additionally served in different safety roles, together with as an adviser to the Iranian navy, and led the implementation of UN decision 598, which ended the Iran-Iraq warfare in 1988.

Mr Akbari had extra just lately run a personal assume tank.

Life in Britain and his arrest

Mr Akbari moved to Britain after being briefly detained and launched on bail in 2008, in keeping with Iran’s state information company IRNA.

He was arrested in 2019 and accused of espionage for MI6 regarding previous nuclear talks between Iran and western nations, reviews mentioned.

Iran’s semi-official Tasnim information company claimed Iranian intelligence unmasked him by feeding him false data and described him as “one of the most important infiltrators of the country’s sensitive and strategic centres”.

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Spying accusations

Iranian state media mentioned a video broadcast on Thursday confirmed Mr Akbari performed a key function in the assassination of Iran’s prime nuclear scientist in 2020.

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killed in an assault, which authorities blamed on Israel.

In the video, Mr Akbari didn’t confess to being concerned in the assassination, however mentioned a British agent had requested for details about Mr Fakhrizadeh.

Iran’s judiciary claimed Mr Akbari acquired giant sums of cash, in addition to his British citizenship and different assist from London, for offering data to MI6.

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‘Drugged and tortured’: Alleged spy instructed of ordeal

Torture and false confessions

Mr Akbari denied the cost and claimed he was tortured and given mind-altering medication and compelled to admit to crimes he didn’t commit.

In an audio recording purportedly made by Mr Akbari and broadcast by BBC Persian, he mentioned he had returned to Tehran following an invite by a senior Iranian diplomat concerned in Tehran’s nuclear talks with world powers.

His spouse, Maryam Samadi, instructed BBC Persian he had been put in solitary confinement for 10 months earlier than being moved to Tehran’s infamous Evin jail, the place Iran has jailed different twin nationals.

In the recording, Mr Akbari mentioned he had falsely confessed because of torture:

He mentioned: “With more than 3,500 hours of torture, psychedelic drugs, and physiological and psychological pressure methods, they took away my will.

“They drove me to the brink of insanity… and compelled me to make false confessions by power of arms and dying threats.

“They would tell me: ‘If you resist, we will send you to the dark cells of Evin prison where you’ll face an interrogator with a whip.'”

In the message, he additionally mentioned he was accused of acquiring top-secret data from his former boss, Mr Shamkhani, “in exchange for a bottle of perfume and a shirt”. Mr Shamkhani stays in his function.

‘This is not going to stand unchallenged’

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has mentioned he was “appalled” by the execution, including: “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.”

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly mentioned: “Iran has executed a British national.

“This barbaric act deserves condemnation in the strongest potential phrases.

“This will not stand unchallenged.”

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