Iran hangs accused spy for Israel


Iran has hanged a man accused of spying for Israel and another for his membership of an armed group opposed to the country's ruling regime.

The the official Iranian news agency, IRNA, identified the first man as Ali Akbar Siadati and said he was hanged in Tehran's Evin prison on Tuesday.

According to IRNA, Siadati was accused of providing Israel with classified information on Iran's military capabilities — including details about military maneuvers, jet fighters, air crashes, and facts concerning the missile program operated by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.

According to the charges against him, Siadat had met with Israeli agents on numerous times over the course of six years in destinations like Turkey, Thailand and the Netherlands, receiving payments of $3,000 to $7,000 for each meeting.

He was arrested in 2008 while planning to flee Iran, IRNA reported.

In November 2008, Iran hanged Ali Ashtari, a communications equipment salesman, for allegedly passing information to Israeli agents.

Ali Saremi, was also hanged on Tuesday, being a mohareb, or "enemy of God."

Saremi was accused of being a member of the Mojahedineh Khlaq Organization (MKO), an exiled opposition group that Tehran says has masterminded terrorist attacks in Iran from bases in Europe and Iraq, and served several jail sentences over the past 30 years.

Several journalists, political campaigners and human rights activists faced the same charge since the contested 2009 presidential elections.