The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which gathers information through espionage, played a part in bringing down a major Iranian figure who worked against the US. Iran is a country that is known for harsh punishments; many crimes carry a death penalty. Some consider this event to be treason against Iran, which is much more serious than some other capital punishment crimes.
"Mahmoud Mousavi-Majd, one of the spies for CIA and Mossad,has been sentenced to death.He gave the whereabouts of martyr Soleimani to our enemies,"–judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said in a TV news conference
Note-Officially no picture of 'Majd' has been Published yet pic.twitter.com/CcV3r3uU6M
— Shahara Islam Fatema (@S_I_Fatema) June 10, 2020
On January 3, 2020, a US drone strike killed Qassem Soleimani, leader of the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force. Soleimani was blamed for being behind the attacks on US forces in the Middle East. He was also an extremely popular figure for the Iranian people.
Of course, in order for the drone strike to be successful, the US needed to know where Soleimani was. That’s where Mahmoud Mousavi-Majd comes on to the scene: allegedly a spy for both the CIA and the Mossad. The Mossad is one of the main Israeli intelligence agencies, but is separate from the country’s democratic institutions.
Mahmoud had given information to enemies of Iran, as stated by Gholamhossein Esmaili, a judiciary spokesman. He added that Mousavi-Majd’s death sentence would be upheld by the supreme court and will be executed soon.
In a later statement, the judiciary released that the conviction was not related to the “US government’s terrorist attack,” adding that Mousavi-Majd was arrested in October 2018 and all legal proceedings were carried out before Soleimani’s death.
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