Iran has sentenced a man accused of spying for the United States to death, according to the country’s judiciary.
Courts in Iran also issued jail terms up to 10 years for numerous individuals found guilty of spying on the Islamic Republic on behalf of the U.S., and U.K.
What’s notable in this case is that Iranian prosecutors pushed for a death sentence for the U.S. spy.
This comes from the Washington Free Beacon:
One accused spy, Ali Nafariyeh, “has been sentenced to 10 years of prison and fined with the payment of $55,000 for spying for the CIA benefit,” Gholamhossein Esmayeeli, a spokesman for Iran’s judiciary, announced on Tuesday in Tehran, according to the country’s state-controlled press.
Another accused spy, Mohammad Babapour, is set to receive a similar sentence.
The individual sentenced to death has appealed the decision to Iran’s court, though it remains unclear if Tehran will stay the execution.
“Members of the [spy] team were identified last year with strenuous efforts of the Iranian security forces and its agents were identified in Iran’s sensitive centers, including the nuclear and defense centers and the country’s public infrastructures and most of them were arrested,” Esmayeeli said when the alleged spy operations were first announced in July.