The Islamic Republic of Iran says it has executed Reza Asgari, an alleged CIA spy who allegedly sold information about the country’s missile programme to the US.
According to Mirror UK who cited state officials, Reza Asgari, a former employee of the ministry of defence, was executed last week, judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said.
Ali-Reza Asgari was an Iranian general of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, deputy defense minister, and cabinet member of Iranian President Mohammad Khatami.
Asgari had been “pushed aside” from his ministerial role after President Ahmadinejad, a former rival, came into power in 2005. Asgari disappeared in Turkey in early 2007, and news reports indicate that he either defected or was kidnapped by Western intelligence agencies.
His disappearance has also led to reports that Iran would retaliate by kidnapping American or Israeli officials in Europe. According to The Sunday Times, Asgari was described as a “gold mine for western intelligence” by an Israeli defence source who claimed that they had been following him since the 1980s.