Iran executed 4 people on Sunday and sentenced 3 others to imprisonment who were accused of having cooperated with Israeli intelligence, local media reported.
According to Iranian state media, Iran gave four men the capital punishment on Sunday, December 4, who had been found guilty of working with Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, based in Sweden.
Israel has long been charged by the Islamic Republic with conducting clandestine operations on its territory.
The four men were sentenced to death “for the crime of cooperating with the intelligence services of the Zionist regime and for kidnapping,” according to Iranian state media, which announced the decision on Wednesday.
The judiciary referred to them as “thugs” and said that Israeli intelligence directed them when they destroyed public and private property, committed theft, kidnapped people, and forced false confessions.
According to the judiciary’s official news website, the four people — named Hossain Ordokhanzada, Shahin Imani Mahmoodabad, Milad Ashrafi, and Manochehr Shahbandi — were hanged early on Sunday.
They are supposed to have received training on how to mask their tracks, avoid surveillance cameras, and switch vehicles, which the Iranian judiciary claimed highlights Mossad’s role.
They are also said to have purchased weapons and equipment while being paid in cryptocurrency.
According to the Mehr news agency, three other people who had been found guilty of crimes like aiding in kidnapping, acting against national security, and possessing illegal weapons received prison sentences of five to ten years.
This comes as Iran, which is presently experiencing some of the largest anti-government protests since its 1979 Islamic Revolution, has lately accused Israeli and Western intelligence agencies of sparking a civil war in Iran.