|Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] New President - Same Iran
| 'Israel spy' put to death in Iran
Iran has hanged a telecoms engineer convicted of spying for Israel,
reports from Tehran say.
Ali Ashtari, an Iranian, was convicted in June of spying for Mossad,
Israel's intelligence agency. A video said to be of his confession was
broadcast on TV.
He was convicted of sending "sensitive information on military, defence
and research centres" for three years.
Israeli officials were quoted in June as saying that Israel was not
familiar with the case.
Announcing the execution, which reportedly took place on Monday, Iran's
official news agency said the case against the 45-year-old was clear
and his appeal was summarily dismissed.
"He had spied for Mossad for three years," the state news agency quoted
the intelligence ministry's director of counter-terrorism as saying.
I feared going to the intelligence ministry, and this fear was
the reason why I kept choosing the wrong path, Ali Ashtari Confession
broadcast on Iranian TV "His espionage was so evident," the unnamed
Officials said Ashtari was recruited by Israeli secret services to
intercept the communications of Iranian officials working in the military
and its controversial nuclear programme.
Broadcasting his apparent confession, state TV showed Ashtari sitting
down wearing an open-necked shirt and jumper.
"It was my mistake and perhaps I feared going to the intelligence
ministry, and this fear was the reason why I kept choosing the wrong
path," he said, speaking into the camera.
"Do not repeat the mistakes that I made."
The case unfolded throughout the year against a backdrop of concerns
in Iran that Israel was planning to launch a pre-emptive strike against
its nuclear facilities.
Israel is a leading advocate of strong action against Tehran, which it
believes is seeking to develop nuclear weapons.
Iran denies that charge, saying its nuclear programme is
intended for energy supply only. Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2008/11/22 13:05:31 GMT
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