The authorities in Tehran have accused former Defense Minister Ali Reza Akbari of being involved in the killing of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
In this context, the official Iranian news agency published a video clip today, Thursday, which it said showed that Ali Reza Akbari (who holds dual Iranian and British nationalities) played a role in The assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadehthe country’s largest nuclear scientist, in 2020.
Iranian state media said yesterday that Iran had sentenced Ali Reza Akbari, former deputy defense minister, to death on charges of spying for Britain.
Britain described the death sentence issued against Reza Akbari as His motives are political It demanded his immediate release.
Akbari was an ally Close to Ali ShamkhaniSecretary General of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, who held the position of Minister of Defense between 1997 and 2005 and at that time Akbari was his advisor.
The Iranian Ministry of Intelligence said that Akbari “was one of the most important agents of the British intelligence service in Iran, and he was authorized to enter some very sensitive centers in the country… Akbari knowingly provided information to the enemy’s spy service.”
Prominent Iranian military scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was killed in the 2020 attack outside Tehran, is widely seen by Western intelligence as the mastermind of Iran’s covert effort. to develop nuclear weapons.
Who is Ali Reza Akbari?
Alireza Akbari is a British-Iranian dual national and former senior employee of the Iranian Ministry of Defence, who was an advisor or aide to Ali Shamkhani, Minister of Defense in the two terms of Mohammad Khatami’s government (1997-2005).
After leaving Iran and traveling to Britain, he began his economic activity there, lived for more than a decade in Britain, and obtained dual citizenship.
He was arrested in 2019 on charges of espionage to obtain important information. He was tried before Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court and sentenced to death. After the verdict was appealed, the case was re-examined in the Supreme Court, which upheld the original verdict and rightfully executed Ali Reza Akbari.
According to his claim, he is the military responsible for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution No. 598, which ended the Iraq-Iran war in 1988, which lasted eight years.
What does his family say?
His wife believes that he met British officials 10 or 12 years ago as part of the missions assigned to him by the regime in Iran, and his wife says that the documents against him were given to Iran by Russia.
BBC Persian radio published an audio file of him denying the security charges against him and saying that there is no evidence against him. Alireza Akbari adds: “The gift of a bottle of perfume and a shirt by me to Ali Shamkhani in order to receive information from him was considered evidence of espionage,” and he says in the audio file: “If the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council gives information about the country in exchange for a bottle of perfume, why is he not summoned?” ?”