Iran has sentenced the US intelligence agent to be hanged for killing commander Qasim Soleimani in the US operation.
In January last year, the United States killed Qasim Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, by an airstrike in Baghdad. After Sulaimani’s death, tensions between Iran and the US reached a peak.
The Iranian court on Tuesday sentenced an Iranian civilian to death by informing the US and Israeli intelligence agencies about Suleimani. The US described Sulaimani as the mastermind of the attacks on the US military in the Middle East region.
The US Defense Department said in a statement that it killed Iranian commander Sulaimani to protect American civilians and his troops.
Iran’s judicial spokesman Ghulam Hussain Ismaili said, “Mahmoud Moussavi Mazad, a spy for the US intelligence agency CIA and Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, has been sentenced to death. Moussavi informed our enemies about martyr Sulaimani.
He also provided important information to the Israeli and American intelligence agencies about Iran’s armed forces, especially Revolutionary Guards. “
Moussavi was sentenced in the Revolutionary Court and the Supreme Court has upheld this decision. Iran has said that CIA spies will be hanged soon.
In February, Iran announced that a man spying for the US intelligence agency and trying to leak confidential information about Tehran’s nuclear program has been sentenced to death. However, the officials did not say on Tuesday whether Moussavi’s case is related to this announcement.
Qasem Soleimani had gained worldwide fame as the head of the Quds Army, the foreign arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. Sulaimani was particularly known for his pivotal role in the battles of Syria and Iraq. Soleimani was also an expert in gathering intelligence in addition to all military operations carried out by the Quds Force.
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In 2018, he publicly challenged US President Donald Trump. He had said, “Mr. Trump, I am telling you that we have come close to you, we have reached there, which you do not even know about. You will start the war but we will finish it.”
After Sulaimani’s assassination, there was a storm in the entire Middle East including Iran. To avenge Suleimani’s death, Iran attacked an Iraqi airbase with a US military presence in a rocket.
US President Donald Trump claimed that none of his civilians or soldiers were harmed in this attack. However, a few hours after the attack, Iran’s army, which was on high alert, mistakenly targeted an aircraft from Ukraine carrying passengers from Tehran. Many passengers of Iran were killed in this.