It has been reported that Iran hanged a man on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 sentenced to death for spying for Israel’s intelligence services. The official IRNA news agency has been quoted as saying, “Ali Akbar Siadat, who spied for Israel’s Mossad, was hanged inside the Evin prison this morning.”
Newspapers are reporting that the IRNA has said that Siadati began his alleged espionage activities in 2004 and was arrested in 2008 while planning to flee Iran. The accusations include providing Israel with classified information on Iran’s military capabilities plus details on military manoeuvres, operational jet fighters, military flights, air crashes and missiles. The official list of charges included “spreading corruption on earth,” “supporting the Zionist regime” and “opposing the Islamic Republic.”
Al Jazeera has said that the man allegedly met Israeli intelligence agents during trips to Turkey, Thailand and the Netherlands. Apparently he confessed to providing confidential information in return for $60,000, and to receiving up to $7,000 in every meeting with Israeli handlers.
The IRNA, the official Islamic Republic News Agency runs offers a section in English on their web site however nothing about this particular story is posted as of 7:30am EST.
Another prisoner was also executed today, Ali Saremi (63) for Moharebeh (war with God). Mr. Saremi has been repeatedly convicted for supporting Mujahedeen Khalq, an exiled opposition group accused by the government for masterminding terrorist attacks within Iran’s borders from bases in Europe and Iraq.
Ali Saremi was apparently a well known political prisoner. He was last arrested in 2007 for holding a speech at the 19th anniversary of the 1988 massacre of the political prisoners in Iran. Reports indicate that he was sentenced to death last year under charges of membership in a mohareb group (PMOI) and “propaganda against the establishment”. This man’s political activities had seen him arrested several time during the past 20 years.
Moharebeh is the title of crime in Islamic law that has been translated in English language media sources variously as “waging war against God,” “war against God and the state,” “enmity against God,” or being an “enemy of God”. It is a capital crime in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The term is widely used by Iran’s Islamic Judiciary, citing Sharia law, and is “usually used against those who take up arms against the state,” and usually carries the death penalty. In early days of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, scores of former officials of the Shah were arrested and executed for Moharebeh. Since then, it has usually been applied against Kurdish separatists and alleged members of armed opposition groups, but in until the 2009 election protests executions for moharebeh had been rare in recent years.
… Student demonstrator Mohammad Amin Valian was sentenced to death for Moharebeh in 2009, a sentence upheld by an appeals court in March 2010. Most recently Mohammad Maleki, the 76-year-old former dean of Tehran University has been charged with it for alleged “contact with unspecified foreign groups and working to undermine the Islamic system.”
According to at least one journalist, the Iranian Islamic regime’s use of moharebeh against 2009 election protesters has “opened deep rifts between ruling clerics and Islamic scholars questioning how an idea about safeguarding Muslims can be transformed into a tool to punish political protesters.” Ayatollah Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad has reportedly sought to “rally clerics to oppose the use of moharebeh charges against political protesters.”
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