Iran Executes 4 Over Israel ‘Collaboration’: Judiciary

Fri Dec 29 2023
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TEHRAN, Iran: Iran Friday hanged four people convicted of spying for arch foe Israel, said the judiciary, less than two weeks after authorities had executed a man on similar charges.

“Four members of a sabotage group related to the Zionist regime (Israel)… were hanged this morning” in Iran’s northwestern province of West Azerbaijan, the judiciary’s Mizan Online website said.

It identified them as three men — Vafa Hanareh, Aram Omari and Rahman Parhazo — and one woman, Nasim Namazi, who had all been sentenced to death on charges of “moharebeh”, or waging war against God, and “Corruption on Earth” through their “collaboration with the Zionist regime”.

The group “committed extensive actions against the country’s security under the guidance of the Mossad”, Israel’s spy agency, Mizan said.

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Iran does not recognise Israel and the two nations have engaged in a shadow war for years. On December 16 this year, a man also convicted of working for Mossad was executed in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan.

The judiciary at the time did not make known the identity of the man but said he had been convicted of “intelligence cooperation and espionage for the benefit for the hostile Zionist regime”.

In December 2022, the country hanged another four people who had been convicted of collaborating with Israel’s intelligence services.

According to rights groups including Amnesty International, Iran executes more people per annum than any other country across the world except China.

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