Iran Issues Death Sentence for Alleged CIA Spy

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani
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Iran announced on Tuesday that it issued a death sentence to an imprisoned individual the country accuses of spying on behalf of the CIA.

Iran's supreme court signed off on a death sentence for Amir Rahimpour, whom the regime accuses of providing sensitive nuclear secrets to the United States, Gholamhossein Esmaeili, Iran's judiciary spokesman, said.

"Rahimpour, a CIA spy who had been paid substantially for disclosing Iran's nuclear data to the American intelligence agency, had been already identified and sentenced to death," Esmaeili was quoted as saying in the country's state-controlled press. Iran's supreme court "confirmed his sentence."

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"Enemies must know that the Islamic Republic does not compromise with such measures and gives a harsh answer to enemies," Esmaeili said.

At least two other individuals Iran accuses of working to steal its nuclear secrets and other information were "identified, prosecuted, and sentenced to 10 years in prison for espionage and five years in prison for taking measures against the national security of Iran," according to Iranian leaders.

Iran did not disclose the names of the other two individuals.