Iran.. Execution of a British citizen on charges of espionage and contributing to the killing of a prominent nuclear scientist

The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, on Saturday, that the Polish scientist, Macie Valcak, was released from prison in Iran and returned to his country.

“Achieving this goal was one of the priorities of the Polish diplomatic and consular services last year,” the ministry said in a statement.

In July, Iranian state television reported that the Revolutionary Guards had arrested a number of foreigners for actions that included taking soil samples in restricted areas.

The report identified one of them as Falcak.

This news comes from the announcement by Mizan news agency of the Iranian judiciary, today, Saturday, that Tehran has executed the British-Iranian citizen, Ali Reza Akbari, who previously held the position of Iranian deputy defense minister, after issuing a death sentence on charges of spying for Britain.

Mizan said in a tweet on Twitter early Saturday that the death sentence had been carried out, without specifying the date of the execution.

She said: “Ali Reza Akbari, who was sentenced to death on charges of corruption on earth and committing large-scale crimes that harm the internal and external security of the country through espionage for the British government intelligence service…was executed.”

The report accused Mizan Akbari, who was arrested in 2019, of receiving 1,805,000 euros, 265,000 pounds sterling and 50,000 dollars for espionage.

In an audio recording purportedly of Akbari’s, broadcast by BBC Persian on Wednesday, Akbari said he confessed to crimes he did not commit after being severely tortured.

Iranian official media broadcast a video clip on Thursday that it said showed Akbari’s involvement in the assassination of the prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhri Zadeh in 2020 in an attack outside Tehran and the Iranian authorities accused Israel of being responsible for it.

In the video, Akbari did not admit involvement in the assassination but said that a British agent had asked for information about Fakhrizadeh.

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