The US demanded from the Iranian regime the immediate release of the former deputy defense minister sentenced to death for espionage
Deputy State Department spokesman Vedant Patel said the charges against Alireza Akbari were politically motivated, making his execution inconceivable< /h2>
The US demanded from the Iranian regime the immediate release of the former vice defense minister sentenced to death for espionage. (Screenshot: Twitter/StateDeputySpox)
United Statesdemanded this Friday that the Iranian regime immediately release former Deputy Defense Minister Alireza Akbari, sentenced to death for allegedly spying for the intelligence services of the United Kingdom< /b>.
British-Iranian Akbari, who served as Deputy Defense Minister under reformist President Mohamed Katami (1997-2005) , was convicted by a court of “spying for MI6″, the British foreign intelligence service.
“The United States echoes the firm call of the British government for Iran not to proceed with this execution and to immediately release Mr. Akbari,” the deputy spokesman for the State Department defended at a press conference , Vedant Patel.
Patel added that the charges against Akbari were politically motivated, making his execution “inconceivable”.
“We are deeply concerned by reports that Mr. Akbari was drugged, tortured in detention, interrogated for thousands of hours and forced to make false concessions,” Patel said, alluding to the “unacceptable” Iranian practices of “arbitrary and unjust” detentions.
The British-Iranian Akbari, who held the post of Deputy Defense Minister during the tenure of reformist President Mohamed Katami (1997-2005), was sentenced by a court for “spying for MI6”, the British foreign intelligence service. (REUTERS)
The vice spokesman for Foreign Affairs assured that The United States has several “tools to hold the Iranian regime to account” such as sanctions that are being applied “in close coordination” with several Western countries.
The announcement of her death sentence came amid protests rocking Iran following the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini, after she was arrested for not wearing the Islamic headscarf properly .
Tehran has accusedThe United States, Israel, the United Kingdom, France and Germany of being behind the protests, in which nearly 500 people have died due to brutal police repression.
The ruling by the Iranian Supreme Court is final and comes at a time when the man sentenced to death was waiting to receive a UK visa to leave the country.
After learning of the sentence, the Foreign Affairs Secretary of the United Kingdom , James Cleverly, on Wednesday urged Iran not only to stop the execution of Akbari, but also to release him, stressing his British citizenship.
Akbari joins a long list of Iranian dual nationals who have been charged and sentenced to death for alleged spying on behalf of foreign intelligence agencies, on the CIA or the Mossad.
After learning of the sentence, the British Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly, urged Iran on Wednesday not only to stop the execution of Akbari, but also to release him, stressing his British citizenship. (REUTERS)
Those accused of espionage and other national security offenses are generally tried in private, where human rights groups say they cannot choose their lawyers and cannot see the evidence against them.
Akbari spearheaded the implementation of a 1988 ceasefire between Iran and Iraq, after devastating eight-year war and having worked closely with UN monitors.
At least four people have been executed for their participation in the demonstrations and 17 have been sentenced to hang.
Iran is one of the leading countries in number of executions, with 246 of them in 2021.
(With information from EFE)