Iran sentences alleged US spies to up to 10 years in prison 1

Iran sentences alleged US spies to up to 10 years in prison


Tehran, Iran: The judiciary said Tuesday that Iran sentenced eight environmental activists to four to ten years in prison to monitor the United States and endanger Iran’s national security, including Iranians who also have British and American citizenship.

Gholamhossein Esmaili, a judicial spokesperson, said the appeals court made the final decision.

Two of these militants, Morad Tahbaz and Niloufar Bayani, were each sentenced to 10 years in prison and asked to return money allegedly received from the US Government Payments Service.

Tahbaz is Iranian and has American and British citizenship.

Iran does not recognize dual or multiple nationality, which means that detained Iranians cannot receive consular assistance from other countries. In most cases, people of dual nationality are confronted with secret indictments during a closed-door hearing at the Iranian Revolutionary Court, which deals with cases suspected of trying to overthrow the government.

Justice spokesman Esmely said two other activists, Homan Chocal and Tah Gadirian, have been sentenced to eight years in prison for “working with a hostile American government.”

Three other activists Sam Sam Rajabi, Sepideh Kashan Doust and Amirhossein Khaleghi Hamidi were sentenced to six years in prison. The eighth activist, Abdolreza Kouhpayeh, received training for four years.
All militants were arrested in early 2018.

The ninth activist who was arrested at the time was the Iranian Canadian Kavous Seyed Emami, who died in controversial circumstances during his detention in February 2018. His legacy could not fly from Iran, but was discovered later.

Iran is also involved in other countries with Western ties, including a British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe who is planning a trip to Iran with her youngest daughter.

Iranian businessman Siamak Namazi and the 81-year-old father Baquer were sentenced to 10 years in prison for espionage, while Bakr worked as Iran’s rich oil well under the leadership of US-backed Governor Shah Group Khuhstan.

After the hunger strike, the Iranian-American Robin Shahini was sentenced to 18 years in prison for “working with a hostile government” and was released on bail in 2017. Shahini has since returned to the United States and is currently suing Iran at a US federal court . .

Former FBI agent Robert Levinson is missing, he disappeared in Iran in 2007 for an unauthorized CIA mission.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Iran confirmed the death penalty for Amir Rahimpour, who was convicted of suspected espionage of C.I.A. Iranian state media have accused him of sharing details of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program with American spy agencies.

Esmeri said at the time that Rahimpol would be executed soon.

Iran has previously sentenced to death American and Israeli spies. The last spy executed in this way was Shahram Amiri, who walked to the United States when the West did its best to stop Iran’s nuclear program.

When he returned in 2010, he was welcomed by government leaders and he even took part in an Iranian talk show tour. Then he disappeared mysteriously.

He was hanged in August 2016 and Tehran executed a group of militants the same week. A year later, Iran reached an agreement on a historic agreement to limit uranium enrichment in exchange for lifting economic sanctions.

Tensions have been high between Iran and the United States since President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from the Tehran nuclear agreement. An American drone attack in January killed an Iranian Revolutionary Guard General.

Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad has urged Tehran to take revenge with ballistic missiles against Iraqi bases stationed in US troops.

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