Iran executed a former translator on Monday who was convicted of spying for the US and Israel, including helping to find a top Iranian general who was later killed by the Americans, the judiciary said.
The murder of Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani in a US drone attack near Baghdad Airport in January brought the decades-old arch enemies of Iran and the US to the brink of conflict.
The Justice Mizan online website states that Mahmoud Mousavi Majd's death sentence "was imposed on Monday morning for espionage so that the case of his betrayal of his country remains forever".
His spokesman said earlier this month that Majd was sentenced to death for "spying on various areas of security, particularly the Armed Forces and the Quds Force, and the whereabouts and movements of the martyr General Qasem Soleimani."
Majd was found guilty of receiving large sums of money from both the US Central Intelligence Agency and the Israeli Mossad, spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said.
Soleimani headed the Quds Force, the foreign arm of the Iranian Corps of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard.
Iran retaliated against the United States for its death by firing a volley of ballistic missiles at US troops stationed in Iraq, but US President Donald Trump decided against a military response.
While the attack on Ain Al-Asad's western Iraqi base did not kill any US soldiers, dozens suffered brain trauma.
Majd was arrested about two years ago and, according to a statement by the judiciary released in June, was not directly involved in the murder of Soleimani.
Majd emigrated to Syria with his family in the 1970s and worked as a translator for English and Arabic in a company, Mizan said.
When the war broke out, he decided to stay in the country while his family left.
"His knowledge of Arabic and his familiarity with the geography of Syria brought him close to Iranian military advisers and he took responsibility in groups stationed from Idlib to Latakia," added the website.
Majd was not a member of the Revolutionary Guard, "but infiltrated many sensitive areas under the guise of a translator".
It was found that "he was paid US dollars to reveal information about convoys of advisers, military equipment and communication systems, commanders and their movements, key geographical areas, codes and passwords" until he was scrutinized and his access was downgraded .
Iranian state television showed footage of a Majd CIA agent saying the alarm was triggered after the interception between the two was intercepted.
It also showed Majd in an obvious confession video that he had received encrypted messages and reportedly hit his dealers with documents, including "photos and ID documents of armed forces and commanders".
Executions and arrests
According to the report, he had planned to work with Saudi Arabia's intelligence services before being detained.
He was arrested in October 2018, Mizan said.
Iran said last week that it had executed another man who was convicted of espionage for the CIA by selling information about the Iranian missile program.
Reza Asgari had worked in the Defense Department's aerospace division for years, but retired four years ago. He then sold "information about our missiles" to the CIA to get large sums of money.
Iran issued a similar verdict in February against Amir Rahimpour, another man convicted of spying for the United States and conspiring to sell information about the Iranian nuclear program.
Tehran announced in December that it had arrested eight "CIA-related" people involved in nationwide street protests that broke out the previous month due to a surprising rise in gasoline prices.
In July 2019, it was also said that she had dismantled a CIA spy ring, arrested 17 suspects between March 2018 and March 2019, and sentenced some of them to death.
Trump then dismissed the claim as "completely wrong."
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