An Iranian-British national named Ali Reza Akbari, who had formerly ascended the ranks to serve as Iran’s deputy minister of defense, was hanged by the terrible dictatorship in January on suspicion of espionage. The UK and other Western countries denounced the execution.
According to a shocking New York Times revelation, Akbari had been leaking information since 2004 to damage Iran’s nuclear program as an informant.
According to the report, which cites “three Western intelligence and national security officials,” the UK informed Israel of Iran’s nuclear activity at the Fordo plant via Akbari; this knowledge was previously unknown to Western intelligence agencies.
A top British intelligence official allegedly told Israel in a 2008 meeting that the UK was collaborating with an Iranian spy who held crucial information about Iran’s nuclear program.
According to the article, the officer may have been referring to Akbari.
The top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was among the 100 prominent Iranian officials whose identities Akbari reportedly gave to British authorities. Fakhrizadeh was assassinated in November 2020, most likely by Mossad.
According to Iranian official media, Akbari held essential roles in Iran’s defense apparatus, including deputy minister of defense for foreign affairs and a position in the Supreme National Security Council secretariat.
According to Iran’s judiciary, Akbari was found guilty of “earth corruption and harming the country’s internal and external security by passing on intelligence,” He was given the death penalty.
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak harshly attacked his murder, labeling it a “callous and cowardly act carried out by a barbaric regime with no respect for the human rights of their people.”