Iran hangs two men alleged Israeli and US spies


Iranian opposition protesters wearing prisoners' clothing stand through makeshift nooses as they takes part in a rally against the Iranian regime and the upcoming election in central London on May 15, 2013.


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Tehran’s Revolutionary Court sentenced to death two men accused and convicted of spying for United States and Israeli agencies, Iran's state-run Press TV reported.

Mohammad Heidari had allegedly smuggled security secrets to the Israeli intelligence agency, the Mossad, and Kourosh Ahmadi reportedly collected information for the US Central Intelligence Agency.

Iran's Supreme Court confirmed the verdict, and both men were hanged at dawn on Sunday. 

Heidari had been paid by the Mossad, Press TV said, "in return for the acts of espionage."

It's unclear where the two men were captured, and little information on their trial or their lives has been made public.

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Iran has often accused Israel and the US of covert operations within its borders, and blames western nations for the assassination of scientists linked with its much-debated nuclear program. The US denied the allegations, and Israel has refused to comment.

Previsouly, Iran's Supreme Court had overturned the death sentence of Iranian-US national Amir Mirzai Hekmati, at first convicted "for cooperating with the hostile government of America and spying for the CIA." The judge ruled the verdict "not complete," and now there will be a retrial.  

The US and Hekmati have both denied the spying accusations.