Iran: Iran on Monday hanged a Mossad spy accused Mahmoud Mousavi-Majd of being “linked to both Mossad and the CIA, collecting information in various areas of security and providing them to foreign intelligence for US dollars.
Iran said that he was responsible for passing on information related to Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani, who America assassinated in January.
The execution was given front page headlines in Iran the day after a high-level visit to Iraq by Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. The message appears to be that Iran is trying to show it has cracked down on foreign intelligence networks and made it harder for the US or others to penetrate the Islamic Republic.
After a dozen mysterious fires and explosions have rocked Iran since late June, the country has said that any sabotage could “ignite full escalation.” The execution comes in this context as well.
Mousavi-Majd’s execution on Monday was first reported on the judiciary’s Mizan Online website, according to accounts. Although he was reportedly detained as far back as October 2018, he was linked to the assassination of Soleimani on January 3, 2020, when the Quds Force leader traveled from Syria to Baghdad to coordinate anti-US activity.
Soleimani was killed alongside Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in a US airstrike. Washington was said to have gotten intelligence from various sources, including the airport. Their convoy was hit with missiles fired by a US drone. Zarif paid respects to Soleimani and Muhandis on Sunday, stopping by the area where their convoy was destroyed. We know that back in February Iran’s judiciary also sentenced to death one person and gave others long prison sentences “for spying for the CIA.”