Iranian media announced that four people were executed and several others sentenced to prison terms for allegedly having ties to Israel’s Mossad security agency.
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Friday executed four people and sentenced several others to prison for alleged ties to Israel’s security agency Mossad, local media reported.
The country’s judicial news website Mizan reported that three men and a woman were executed on Friday morning. The men were identified as Vafa Hanare, Alam Omari and Rahman Palhazo, and the woman was identified as Nasim Namazi. The report does not mention the method of killing, but hanging is commonly used in Iran.
According to Mizan’s report, the four were charged with kidnapping several Iranian security forces to extract intelligence information. They are also suspected of setting fire to the cars and apartments of some Iranian intelligence agents.
The report also said several others who collaborated with the same group were each sentenced to 10 years in prison, but did not provide details.
Iran and Israel have long accused each other of spying and waging a shadow war.
In November, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Iran was carrying out executions at an “alarming rate”, killing at least 419 people in the first seven months of this year.
Earlier this month, Iran announced it had executed an Israeli Mossad spy for leaking classified information. In January, former Iranian and British Defense Minister Ali Reza Akbari was hanged on suspicion of collaborating with the British Secret Intelligence Service.