1: british-iranian dual national alireza akbari has been executed in iran, according to iranian state media. mr akbari was arrested in 2019 and convicted of spying for the uk, which he denied. the uk had urged iran to halt the execution and immediately release him.
2: mr akbari was moved to solitary confinement on wednesday and his family was asked to go to his prison for a “final visit”. the us had joined calls for iran not to execute mr akbari, and uk foreign secretary james cleverly had warned that “iran must not follow through with their brutal threat of execution”.
3: mr akbari was a former deputy iranian defence minister and his conviction and sentence were politically motivated. the uk had repeatedly raised his case with iranian authorities, but iran’s government does not recognise dual nationality for iranians. the execution was seen as a politically motivated act by a barbaric regime that has total disregard for human life.