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Iran. Alireza Akbari – Executed former deputy defense minister. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak comments

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Iran’s former deputy defense minister, Alireza Akbari, accused of spying, has been executed, Iran’s Mizan news agency reported on Saturday. The death sentence was carried out by hanging. The man had dual Iranian-British citizenship.

On Thursday, the Iranian side released a video purporting to prove that convicted Alireza Akbari was involved in the murder of Iran’s top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

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In a shared video, the former deputy defense minister admitted to being involved in the scientist’s murder, but in a voice recording published on Wednesday by BBC Persian, Akbari said he was tortured for months and forced to confess to crimes he did not commit.

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Sunak: execution is a cowardly act of a barbaric regime

Britain, which sought Akbari’s release, considered the sentence politically motivated.

“I am appalled by the execution of British-Iranian Alireza Akbari in Iran. It was a callous and cowardly act carried out by a barbaric regime that has no respect for the human rights of its own people,” Prime Minister Rishi Sunak tweeted.

“Iran executed a British citizen. This barbaric act deserves to be condemned in the strongest terms. It will not go unnoticed. My thoughts are with Alireza Akbari’s family,” Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said.

Death of a leading Iranian scientist

Leading Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadehassassinated near Tehran in 2020, headed a nuclear program that Israel and the West believed was a military operation to explore the possibility of developing nuclear weapons.

Iran denies it. Tehran originally accused Israel of murdering the scientist.

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/KHABARONLINE

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