Germany summons Iran envoy again over executions
The spokesman, Christofer Burger, confirmed the move when asked about reports the envoy had been summoned "over massive human rights violations and a wave of executions".
Iran said on Saturday it had executed a British-Iranian dual national sentenced to death for spying for the United Kingdom, drawing strong condemnation from Western governments and international rights groups.
British MP’s urging Foreign Secretary @JamesCleverly to list the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp #IRGC as a terrorist entity.— Samira Mohyeddin سمیرا (@SMohyeddin) January 17, 2023
Briefing happened yesterday after the execution of a UK national, #AlirezaAkbari, by the Islamic Republic. #IranRevoIution #MahsaAmini #IR pic.twitter.com/zdjAbFu8bu
Alireza Akbari, 61, was hanged after being convicted of "corruption on earth and harming the country's internal and external security by passing on intelligence", the judiciary's Mizan Online website said.
Mizan said Akbari, who had been arrested more than two years ago, had been a spy for Britain's MI6 secret intelligence agency and had received around $2 million for his services.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said he was "appalled" by the execution.
Iran summoned the British ambassador to protest against what it described as "unconventional interventions", after Britain said it would summon Tehran's envoy.
French President Emmanuel Macron denounced a "heinous and barbaric act" by Tehran.
The execution of Alireza Akbari is a despicable and barbaric act. His name adds to too long a list of victims of repression and the death penalty in Iran. Solidarity with the UK. Solidarity with the Iranian people.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) January 14, 2023
Akbari, a veteran of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, was arrested between March 2019 and March 2020, state media said.
He was once identified by the government's official Iran newspaper as a former deputy defence minister under Ali Shamkhani, who currently heads Iran's Supreme National Security Council.
On Monday, however, Iran's defence ministry issued a statement saying Akbari had "never served as a deputy minister in any period at the defence ministry."
The statement added that he was working at the defence ministry's research centre when he retired from his position in 2002.
Akbari had also been an adviser to the navy commander, state media reported.
He had been an adviser to the navy commander and headed a division at the defence ministry's research centre, state media said.
Amnesty International says Iran is the world's most prolific user of the death penalty after China.
Iran has been rocked by protests that erupted over the September 16 death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd, after her arrest for an alleged breach of the country's dress code for women.
Eighteen people have been sentenced to death in connection with the protests, according to a count compiled by AFP from official announcements. Four of them have been executed.
Germany and France last Monday summoned Iran's respective envoys in protest against Tehran's deadly crackdown on the demonstrations and the latest executions of anti-government protesters.