Iran Hangs Man Convicted of Spying for Israel

Ali Akbar Siadat was sentenced to death for spying for Mossad since 2004 and executed just two days after 'confessing' in trial.

 Iranian authorities have hanged a man sentenced to death for spying for Israel's intelligence  services, the official IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday.

"Ali Akbar Siadat, who spied for Israel's Mossad, was hanged inside the Evin prison this morning," IRNA said, quoting a judiciary statement. "Siadat confessed that he had transferred information to Mossad about Iran's military activities."

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IRNA said Siadat, an Iranian, had been in contact with Mossad since 2004 and was arrested in 2008 when wanted to leave Iran with his wife. He was accused of providing Israel with classified information on Iran's military capabilities - including details about military maneuvers, bases, operational jet fighters, military flights, air crashes and missiles.

There were no details on whether Siadati was a government employee or how he obtained the classified information. He allegedly met up with Israeli intelligence agents during trips to Turkey, Thailand and the Netherlands.

The report also said he had confessed to providing confidential information in return for $60,000, and to receiving up to $7,000 in every meeting with Israeli handlers.

There was no immediate comment on the execution from officials in Israel.

Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi initially reported Sunday that a person convicted of spying for Israel had been sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court.

Under Iran's Islamic sharia law, espionage can be punishable by execution.

Iran and Israel have been enemies since the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran, and Tehran periodically announces arrest of people suspected of spying for Israel.

In 2008, Iran executed Ali Ashtari, an electronics salesman convicted of relaying information on the country's nuclear program and other sensitive data to Israel's Mossad intelligence agency.

A court in 2000 convicted 10 Iranian Jews of spying for Israel in a closed-door trial and sentenced them to prison terms ranging from four to 13 years. All were released before serving out their full sentences after international pressure.

The report on the latest death sentence came as Israel continued to press for curtailment of Iran's nuclear program.

Israel, the United States and many Western countries contend that Iran's nuclear program is intended to produce nuclear weapons. Iran denies that, saying its program is for peaceful purposes, such as generating power.

Israel considers Iran a strategic threat because of its nuclear program and missiles. Israel has said it prefers to resolve the issue through diplomatic means but has not taken a military operation off the table.