Three men and a woman accused of being “saboteurs” were hanged for their “collaboration with the Zionist regime”.
Iran has executed three men and a woman who were convicted of their alleged links to Israel’s Mossad spy agency, according to media affiliates of the judiciary.
“Four members of a sabotage group linked to the Zionist regime (…) were hanged this morning” in the province of West Azerbaijan, in northwest Iran, the news agency reported on Friday judicial Mizan.
Mizan identified those executed as three men – Vafa Hanareh, Aram Omari and Rahman Parhazo – and a woman, Nasim Namazi, who were sentenced to death for “moharebeh,” an Islamic legal term meaning “waging war against God.” , and “corruption on Earth” through their “collaboration with the Zionist regime”, referring to Israel.
The group “committed large-scale actions against the security of the country under the leadership of Mossad,” Mizan reported.
The four men were accused of kidnapping Iranian security forces to obtain intelligence and were also accused of burning down some agents’ cars and apartments.
Several other people working with the same group were each sentenced to 10 years in prison, Mizan said, without providing additional details.
Iranian intelligence placed the group under surveillance for at least four months, from January 2022 until their arrest in May of that year, when they were “transferred from a neighboring country” to Iran , according to the official IRNA news agency.
Iran does not recognize Israel and the two countries have been engaged in a shadow war for years.
On December 16, a man convicted of working for Mossad was executed in the southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan province.
The Islamic Republic hanged four people convicted of collaborating with Israeli intelligence services in December 2022.
Iran accuses Israel of carrying out a wave of attacks and assassinations targeting its nuclear program. In August, Iran accused Israel of being behind “one of the largest sabotage plots” targeting its defense industry and missile production.
According to human rights groups including Amnesty International, Iran executes more people each year than any other country except China.
In May, UN human rights chief Volker Turk said Iran had an “appalling” record of executions in 2023, with an average of more than 10 people hanged each week.
More than 600 people have been executed by Iran so far this year, already the highest figure in eight years, the Norway-based Iranian human rights organization said in a November report. In 2015, Iran carried out 972 death sentences, according to the UN.
Iran has handed down death sentences and executed people arrested during last year’s anti-government protests, sparked in September after the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old arrested by Tehran’s “morality police” for for allegedly not adhering to a mandatory dress code for women.
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