After the execution of an Iranian-British for espionage, London and Paris denounce a “barbaric act”

An Iranian-British was executed by hanging after being sentenced to death for espionage on behalf of the British intelligence services, announced on Saturday the agency of the Iranian Judicial Authority. Former senior Iranian defense official Alireza Akbari, 61, was convicted of “corruption on Earth and of undermining the internal and external security of the country for having transmitted intelligence” to the UKaccording to Mizan Online.

Iranian justice announced on Wednesday the death sentence for this man, presented as having been a ” spy key” for the British “Secret Intelligence Service” (SIS) because of “the importance of its position”. This announcement angered London who requested the non-execution of the award. ” Iran must stop the execution of the British and Iranian national Alireza Akbari and release him immediately”, reacted the head of British diplomacy James Cleverly. “This is a politically motivated act a barbaric regime who has total disregard for human life,” he said.

The tone is rising between London and Tehran

On Thursday, Iranian official media reported that Alireza Akbari had held senior positions in the security and defense apparatus. According to the IRNA news agency, he was a veteran of the war between Iran andIraq (1980-1988) before occupying important positions, such as “Vice-Minister of Defense for Foreign Affairs”, head of a unit in a ministerial research center, “Advisor to the Commander of the Navy”, among others. He also worked in the “Secretariat of the Supreme National Security Council”, IRNA said, adding that Alireza Akbari was arrested between March 2019 and March 2020.

Western reactions to this execution were quick. London immediately denounced a “barbaric act” which “will not go unanswered”, through the voice of its Foreign Minister James Cleverly. London will “summon the Iranian charge d’affaires to tell him of our disgust,” added James Cleverly. The British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has, meanwhile, denounced on Twitter a “ruthless and cowardly” condemnation.

Paris and Amnesty International express their indignation

The United Kingdom also announced that it had placed Iran’s attorney general, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, under sanctions. In response, Iran summoned the British ambassador to Tehran. “The British government must be held responsible for having established unconventional contacts” which represented “an attack on the national security of the Islamic Republic of Iran”, denounces a press release from the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For the ministry, London gave “malicious support” to Alireza Akbari

For its part, the human rights organization Amnesty International condemned on Twitter a “heinous attack” by Iran against “the right to life” after the execution by Tehran by Iranian-British Alireza Akbari. “The execution this morning by the Iranian authorities of the Iranian-British national Alireza Akbari is yet another testimony to their heinous attack on the right to life”, lambasted Amnesty on Twitter, calling on the British government to “fully investigate” the allegations. accusations of torture of which he was allegedly the victim.

Paris also condemns “in the strongest terms” this execution. “The Chargé d’Affaires of the Iranian Embassy in Paris was summoned once again this morning to express our indignation” and to warn him that “the repeated violations of international law by Iran cannot go unanswered , particularly when it comes to the treatment of foreign nationals that this country arbitrarily detains,” the ministry said.

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