According to the state-run IRNA news agency, Iranian authorities murdered four persons on Sunday who Israel’s Mossad spy organization allegedly employed.
Three more people were given hefty prison terms.
According to IRNA, the nation’s feared Revolutionary Guard made public the arrests of a network of individuals connected to the Israeli agency.
According to the report, the members attempted to jeopardize national security and had prior criminal histories.
Iran occasionally announces the imprisonment of individuals it claims are spies for foreign countries, especially the United States and Israel, who are Iran’s archrivals in the region.
Tehran opposes Israel’s recognition and backs armed anti-Israeli organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas throughout the area.
According to the investigation, network members kidnapped people and interrogated them while also robbing and destroying private and public property.
It said the suspected spies had guns and got cryptocurrencies as payment from Mossad. Iranian officials offered no supporting evidence for any of the alleged offenses.
Hossein Ordoukhanzadeh, Shahin Imani Mahmoudabadi, Milad Ashrafi, and Manouchehr Shahbandi were the convicts that were executed, according to IRNA.
According to the news agency, three further group members were given terms ranging from five to ten years in prison; however, their identities were withheld. In June, they were detained and given a death sentence for “intelligence cooperation with Israel.”
Although it is still unknown which court first brought the four men to trial in June, Iran’s Revolutionary Court frequently condemns defendants to death.
Following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the Revolutionary Court was founded and is renowned for imposing severe penalties on individuals who defy Iran’s clerical elite.
More than half of the total number of state executions recorded in the Middle East that year, at least 314 individuals were put to death in Iran in 2021, according to Amnesty International.
Israel and Iran have long been suspected of spying on one another. Israel has often vowed to use military force to stop Iran from gaining nuclear weapons because it sees Iran as its most significant danger.
Iran has threatened to respond harshly to Israeli assault and denies seeking such weapons.
Israel announced in January that it had dismantled an Iranian spy network that had been using social media to enlist Israeli women to photograph critical locations, gather intelligence, and persuade their kids to join Israeli military intelligence.
Iran claimed in July that it had detained individuals who had crossed its western border illegally and belonged to an armed force with ties to Mossad.
A man found guilty of providing information to the United States and Israel about a famous Revolutionary Guard general who was later assassinated by a U.S. drone strike in Iraq was executed by Iran in 2020.
Additionally, Israel regularly conducts airstrikes on armed opposition groups in Syria. During the 11-year civil war in Syria,
Tehran has been a significant ally of President Bashar Assad, sending thousands of fighters from the region to fight alongside his forces.
Although Israeli authorities rarely publicize their actions, they have previously stated that they will seek to stop Iran from becoming entrenched in Syria.