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Iran executes two suspected spies

Official media announces hanging of two men accused of gathering information for Israeli and US intelligence agencies.

Last Modified: 19 May 2013 09:01
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Iranian authorities have executed two men convicted of working for Israeli and US spy agencies, Iran's Fars news agency says.

Mohammad Heidari, accused of passing security-related information and secrets to Israeli Mossad agents in exchange for money, and Kourosh Ahmadi, accused of gathering information for the US Central Intelligence Agency, were hanged at dawn on Sunday, the report said.

The sentence for their execution was handed down by Tehran's Revolutionary Court and confirmed by the country's Supreme Court.

The report did not say when the pair were arrested nor when their trial took place.

Iran has in the past said it had successfully detected and dismantled spy networks operating inside the country.

It has blamed the assassinations of scientists associated with its disputed nuclear programme on Western spy agencies, especially Mossad.

The US has denied any role in the killings. Israel has not commented.

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