The US condemned the execution of Alireza Akbari, accused of spying in Iran: “Sham trials and forced confessions must end”
The event generated strong repudiation in the international community, which called for the Islamic Republic to be held accountable in this regard
US condemned execution of former deputy defense minister accused of spying in Iran (Screenshot: Twitter/StateDeputySpox)
United States spoke out after execution of former deputy defense minister , Alireza Akbari, convicted of alleged espionage for the United Kingdom , carried out in the last hours by the regime of Iran .
On Saturday, a State Department spokesman said he was “appalled” by the incident and backed the UK in its call on the Persian regime to be accountable about it.
“We are appalled by the execution by the Islamic Republic of British-Iranian dual national Alireza Akbari. We stand with the British government in condemning his execution, which was politically motivated and unfair”, he declared.
He also ruled that “Wrongful arrests, forced confessions, sham trials and politically motivated executions by the Islamic Republic must end.”
The US maintains that his execution was politically motivated and unfair (AP)
Just hours before his death at the hands of police, US Deputy Spokesman Vedant Patel had spoken out on the pending execution, saying: “We are extremely concerned by reports that Mr. Akbariwas drugged, tortured during his detention, interrogated for thousands of hours and forced to make false confessions.”
Iran's repressive forces executed the former deputy defense minister on Saturday after being accused of allegedly spying for the UK intelligence services, reported the news agency Mizan Online .
Akbari was 61 years old and was hanged on charges of “corruption on Earth and attacking the internal and external security of the country by transferring intelligence information,” the outlet cited.
Although the Iranian regime had announced the death sentence last Wednesday, it is unknown when he was sentenced for “spying for MI6” in exchange for “1,805,000 euros, 265,000 pounds and 50,000 dollars”.
Akbari had been detained in Iran for three years (REUTERS)
The former official served as deputy defense minister during the tenure of reformist former president Mohamed Katami, who ruled from 1997 to 2005, and he was detained for the last three years.
After the fact, multiple countries came out to condemn the practices of the Iranian regime, which is frequently accused of using prisoners with dual nationality -especially- as a measure of pressure or to achieve a prisoner exchange with other countries.
This action has been called by organizations that advocate for human rights as< b> “hostage diplomacy”.
French President Emmanuel Macron called the act a “hateful and barbaric act” < /b>that “adds to an long list of victimsof repression and the death penalty in Iran”. He also expressed in a message on his Twitter account his solidarity with the United Kingdom and with the Iranian people.
Emmanuel Macron's tweet after learning of Akbari's execution
For her part, the German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock, said that the execution is “a new inhumane act of the Iranian regime”.
These messages of support were added to those issued early this Saturday by the British Government. Foreign Secretary James Cleverly earlier stood by his “rejection of the execution” andcalled on the Islamic Republic to “account for its appalling human rights abuses.”
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak he mentioned being “appalled” by this “cruel and cowardly” event.
Rishi Sunak's tweet
The execution took place at a time when the eyes of the world are on the actions of the authorities, who have already arrested hundreds of protesters from the protests over the death of Mahsa Amini and four of them have even been hanged.
(With information from AFP, AP and EFE)