Iran executes man convicted of spying for US and Israel
20:35, Monday, 20 July, 2020
Iran's judiciary has announced the execution of a man convicted of spying for the intelligence agencies of the United States and Israel. Mahmoud Mousavi Majd, who was arrested in 2018, was executed on Monday morning "over the charge of espionage so that the case of his betrayal to his country will be closed forever", the judiciary's Mizan Online website said. The former translator had been found guilty of receiving large sums of money from the US's CIA and Israel's Mossad, said judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili. Last month, the judiciary said Majd had spied on former Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Qassem Soleimani, adding, however, that the case was not directly connected to the top general's assassination earlier this year. On January 3, a US drone strike in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, killed Soleimani, leader of the IRGC's Quds Force, raising fears of a full-blown conflict between the US and Iran. Tehran retaliated for his killing by firing a volley of ballistic missiles at the bases housing US troops in Iraq.