Iran. Execution of Alireza Akbari. Britain imposes sanctions on Iran’s attorney general, will temporarily withdraw its ambassador
Britain has imposed sanctions on Iran’s Attorney General Mohamed Jafar Montazeri after the execution of former Iranian deputy defense minister Alireza Akbari, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has announced. He also announced that the UK would temporarily withdraw its ambassador from Iran. Accused of spying for London, Abkari had Iranian and British citizenship.
Iran’s Mizan news agency reported on Saturday morning that it had been carried out death sentence by hanging of former Iranian Deputy Defense Minister Alireza Akbariwho was convicted of espionage. Britain, which sought Akbari’s release, considered the sentence politically motivated.
British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly announced the imposition of sanctions on Iran’s Attorney General. “The Attorney General is at the center of Iran’s use of the death penalty. We hold the regime accountable for appalling violations human rights‘ he wrote on Twitter.
Britain will temporarily withdraw its ambassador from Iran
On Saturday evening, Cleverly reported that Great Britain temporarily withdraws its ambassador from Iran and considers further action against Tehran.
“I will decide in consultation with my government colleagues what further steps we can take, but I will not speculate on them today,” he said.
“Horrific and disgusting” execution
US Ambassador to London Jane Hartley announced on Saturday that United States condemned Akbari’s execution.
“The execution of Alireza Akbari in Iran is appalling and disgusting. The United States joins the United Kingdom in condemning this barbaric act. My thoughts are with Alireza’s family,” she tweeted.
President of France Emmanuel Macron said that the execution of Iran’s former deputy defense minister is a disgraceful and barbaric act. He expressed his solidarity with Great Britain.
Death of an Iranian scientist
On Thursday, an Iranian website released a video purporting to prove that the convicted man was involved in the murder of Iran’s top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
In the video, Akbari admits to having taken part in the murder of the scientist, but in a voice recording published by BBC Persian on Wednesday, Akbari said he was tortured for months and forced to confess to crimes he did not commit.
Top Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, assassinated near Tehran in 2020, headed AMAD’s nuclear program, which he believes Israel and the West was a military operation to explore the possibility of developing nuclear weapons. Tehran denies it. Originally, Iran accused Israel of murdering the scientist.
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