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Four Mossad-linked saboteurs executed: Iran judiciary

Four main members of a sabotage team affiliated with the Israeli Mossad spy agency have been executed in northwestern Iran after being convicted of acting against the country’s security. (Illustrative photo)

Four convicts who were found guilty of working with the Israeli Mossad spy agency and participating in armed kidnapping, intimidation and assault of security forces in the northwestern province of West Azarbaijan were executed on Friday.

According to Mizan Online, the Judiciary's news agency, the four were part of a ten-member sabotage group linked to Mossad, whose main objective was to identify Iranian intelligence agents who were foiling Israeli plots against Iran.

The main four convicts of the team, including three men and a woman, were hanged on Friday morning on charges of "corruption on Earth" and "waging war against God" (moharebeh) through intelligence cooperation with Israel with intent to undermine Iran’s security.

They were all tracked down and arrested after complex intelligence operations and close surveillance. The report of their arrest was published in October 2022.

Head of the provincial Justice Department Nasser Atabati said then that the group members, under the direct supervision of Mossad officers, were instructed to locate individuals affiliated with Iran’s security apparatus and obtain information from them through abduction, death threats, and brutal battery.

He added that the convicts had received money from Israeli agents and Mossad officers on several occasions for the tasks they had completed.

The official also noted that the detainees had communicated with Mossad officers via video calls, and had performed acts of sabotage in Iran’s northwestern West Azarbaijan Province, the capital Tehran and southern Hormozgan Province.

The members of the team also set fire to the homes and cars of the people linked with the Iranian security organizations, Atabati said, noting they were even involved in several abortive assassination attempts against Iranian security forces.

They had even unsuccessfully tried to assassinate Iranian security and intelligence forces.

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