Iran Hangs Man for Spying for Israel, IRNA Reports

Iran hanged a man convicted of spying for Israel by gathering intelligence that included the number of the country’s fighter jets.

Ali-Akbar Siadat was executed at Tehran’s Evin prison at dawn, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported today. Siadat had established relations with Israel’s spy agency in 2005, according to IRNA, which cited a report from the office of Tehran’s prosecutor.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Israel is doomed to disappear and described the Holocaust as a fabrication. The Jewish state, the U.S. and European nations say the Iranian government is seeking to develop atomic weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is aimed at peaceful purposes.

“The Iran terror regime will use any pretext to sow fear and horror among the population,” Yigal Palmor, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, said in a phone interview.

Israel’s Mossad intelligence service had asked Siadat to provide classified information about Iran for $60,000, the news agency reported. He held meetings with Mossad agents in countries such as the Netherlands, Turkey and Thailand, according to the report. He was arrested in 2008 while trying to leave the country with his wife, IRNA said.

Siadat gathered intelligence about Iran’s air force, IRNA reported. It didn’t explain how he had access to such information.