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The individuals allegedly received cryptocurrency payments to purchase weapons and participate in kidnappings.

Tehran, Iran Iran has executed four people and sentenced three others to prison for allegedly working with Israeli intelligence.

Four individuals – identified as Hossein Ordoukhanzadeh, Shahin Imani Mahmoudabad, Milad Ashrafi Atbatan and Manouchehr Shahbandi Bojandi – were hanged early Sunday morning, according to the judiciary’s official news website.

The judiciary called them “thugs” and said they were instructed by Israeli intelligence to engage in destruction of public and private property, theft, kidnapping and false confessions. They received their instructions from a Mossad agent based in Sweden, it said.

According to the judiciary, the individuals all had criminal histories, with Ordoukhanzadeh – the main alleged link to the Mossad – having been imprisoned in Greece between 2014 and 2017 for conspiring to transport people from Turkey to Greece.

They allegedly received payments in the form of cryptocurrency and purchased weapons and equipment while being trained in how to destroy evidence, avoid security cameras and exchange vehicles, which Iran’s judiciary said to emphasize the role of the Mossad.

Their cases were referred to the Supreme Court, which confirmed the convictions carried out on Sunday. Court announce the verdict on Wednesday.

‘Guilty’

In addition to the four executed, three others – unnamed – received prison sentences of between five and 10 years for “crimes against national security, complicity in kidnapping and weapons possession”.

Iran and Israel are arch-enemies in the region, and Iran has occasionally announced the detention of people it believes are working for foreign powers, including the United States and its European allies.

The executions come as Iran continues to deal with more than two months of protests erupted in mid-September following the death of Mahsa Amini, a young woman who was arrested by the country’s ethics police for allegedly failing to comply with the mandatory dress code.

Iran has accused the United States, Israel, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Saudi Arabia of being behind the unrest, and 40 foreigners arrested in “riots” since September, according to the judiciary.

But Sunday’s executions do not appear to be directly related to the protests as the individuals are believed to have been detained by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Intelligence Ministry about six months ago. .



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