MAN HANGED IN IRAN FOR ALLEGEDLY SPYING FOR ISRAEL
November 17, 2008: Iran executed a man convicted of spying for Israel, a judiciary spokesman said.
Ali Reza Jamshidi told The Associated Press that
Ali Ashtari was hanged, fulfilling a death sentenced handed down June 30 by the Revolutionary Court, which handles security matters. It was the country's first known conviction for
espionage linked to Israel in almost a decade.
Jamshidi confirmed state media reports that Ashtari was
found guilty of relaying to Israeli intelligence officers sensitive information on military, defense and research centers with which the 45-year-old
electronics salesmen worked. Iranian officials have said the material that Ashtari allegedly passed to Israel
included information on Iran's Atomic Energy Organization. (Sources: Associated Press, 20/11/2008)