Iran to Execute Man Who Spied on Soleimani

Conviction is not related to Iranian general's killing in January
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2020 8:57 AM CDT
Execution Awaits 'CIA Spy' Who Gave Info on Soleimani
Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, center, attends a meeting in Tehran, Iran, on Sept. 18, 2016.   (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP, File)

An Iranian man who provided information on Revolutionary Guards commander Qasem Soleimani to US and Israeli intelligence has been sentenced to die, according to Iran's judiciary. A spokesperson described Mahmoud Mousavi-Majd as a spy for both the CIA and Mossad at a Tuesday news conference, reports Reuters. Gholamhossein Esmaili said Mousavi-Majd had "shared information about the whereabouts of martyr Soleimani with our enemies" and "will be executed soon."

The judiciary later clarified that Mousavi-Majd's conviction, following an October 2018 arrest, is not related to Soleimani's killing in a US drone strike in Iraq in January. Iran announced last summer that it had detained 17 spies working for the CIA who would be sentenced to death. In February, it noted a spy for the CIA had been sentenced to death for attempting to share information on Iran's nuclear program. Mousavi-Majd's death sentence is to be carried out by hanging, per the Guardian. (More Iran stories.)

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