“A Mossad spy was hanged,” Iran’s Fars News reported Monday morning. Iran accused Mahmoud Mousavi-Majd of being “linked to both Mossad and the CIA, collecting information in various areas of security and providing them to foreign intelligence for US dollars.”
He was responsible for passing on information related to Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani, who the US assassinated in January, the report said.
The execution was given front-page headlines in Iran the day after a high-level visit to Iraq by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.
The message appears to be that Iran is trying to show it has cracked down on foreign intelligence networks and made it harder for the US or others to penetrate the Islamic Republic.
After a dozen mysterious fires and explosions have rocked Iran since late June, the country has said any sabotage could “ignite full escalation.” The execution comes in this context as well.
Mousavi-Majd’s execution on Monday was said to have been first reported on the judiciary’s Mizan Online website.
Although he was reportedly detained in October 2018, he was linked to the assassination of Soleimani on January 3, 2020, when the Quds Force leader traveled from Syria to Baghdad to coordinate anti-US activity.
Soleimani was killed alongside Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in a US airstrike.
Washington was said to have received intelligence from various sources, including the airport. Their convoy was hit with missiles fired by a US drone.
Zarif paid respects to Soleimani and Muhandis on Sunday, stopping by the area where their convoy was destroyed.
In February, Iran’s judiciary sentenced to death one person and gave others long prison sentences “for spying for the CIA.”
The February sentences related to Amir Rahimpour, according to Gholamhossein Esmaili, an Iranian judiciary spokesman. He was accused of passing information about Iran’s nuclear program.
“While being in touch with the spy agency, he earned a lot of money as wages as he tried to deliver some information from Iran’s nuclear program to the American agency,” state-run IRNA News Agency quoted Esmaili as saying.
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