Iranian court sentences alleged CIA spy to death
Tehran (dpa) – Iran’s highest court has confirmed the death sentence of Amir Rahimpour, who was accused of funnelling information about the country’s nuclear programme to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Gholam Hossein Ismaili, a spokesman for Iran’s judiciary, said on Tuesday that Rahimpour’s death sentence – issued last year – had been confirmed by Iran’s highest court, the Mehr News Agency reported.
The Mehr report did not provide details on the background of the alleged espionage case. The US had previously denied Iran’s allegations.
In July, Ismaili said authorities had detained 17 Iranians who allegedly spied for the United States, several of whom were former employees of the Defence Ministry.
The cases were investigated by the legal department of the armed forces, and the verdicts were issued by a military court. Apart from Rahimpour, the other defendants were reportedly sentenced to long jail terms.
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