News ID: 271773
Published: 0142 GMT July 20, 2020

Iran executes man convicted of spying for CIA, Mossad

Iran executes man convicted of spying for CIA, Mossad

Iran on Monday executed a former translator convicted of spying for the US and Israel, including helping to locate a top Iranian general assassinated later by the US, the Judiciary said.

The assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in a US drone strike near Baghdad airport in January brought Iran and the United States to the brink of conflict.

The Judiciary's Mizan Online website said Mahmoud Mousavi Majd's death "sentence was carried out on Monday morning over the charge of espionage so that the case of his betrayal to his country will be closed forever", AFP wrote.

The Judiciary spokesman said earlier this month that Majd had been sentenced to death for spying on "various security fields, especially the Armed Forces and the Quds Force and the whereabouts and movements of martyr General Soleimani".

Majd had been found guilty of receiving large sums of money from both the US Central Intelligence Agency and Israel's Mossad, said spokesmanGholamhossein Esmaeili.

Lt. Gen. Soleimani headed the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

Iran retaliated against the United States by firing a volley of ballistic missiles at US troops stationed in Iraq.

While the attack on the western Iraqi base of Ain al-Asad left no US soldiers dead, dozens suffered brain trauma.


'American dollars'

Majd was arrested about two years ago and was not directly involved in the targeted killing of Gen. Soleimani, according to a statement the Judiciary issued in June.

Majd had migrated to Syria in the 1970s with his family and worked as an English and Arabic language translator at a company, Mizan said.

When war broke out, he chose to stay in the country while his family left.

"His knowledge of Arabic and familiarity with Syria's geography made him close to Iranian military advisers and he took responsibilities in groups stationed from Idlib to Latakia," the site added.

Majd was not a member of the IRGC "but infiltrated many sensitive areas under the cover of being a translator".

He was found to have been paid "American dollars to reveal information on adviser convoys, military equipment and communication systems, commanders and their movements, important geographical areas, codes and passwords" until he came under scrutiny and his access was downgraded.

Iranian television showed footage of one of Majd's CIA handlers, saying the alarm was raised after the interception of communications between the two.

It also showed Majd in a confession video saying he had received coded messages and met his handlers with documents, including "photos and identification documents of forces and commanders".

He had been planning to also work with Saudi Arabia's intelligence services before being detained.

He was arrested in October 2018, Mizan said.

Iran said last week it had executed another man convicted of spying for the CIA by selling information about Iran's missile program.

Reza Asgari had worked at the Defense Ministry's Aerospace Division for years but retired four years ago, after which he sold "information he had regarding our missiles" to the CIA in exchange for large sums of money.

Iran in February handed down a similar sentence for Amir Rahimpour, another man convicted of spying for the US and conspiring to sell information on Iran's nuclear program.

It also said in July 2019 that it had dismantled a CIA spy ring, arrested 17 suspects between March 2018 and March 2019 and sentenced some of them to death.


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