London today, Saturday, condemned Iran’s execution of former Iranian Defense Ministry official Ali Reza Akbari, of British-Iranian origin, accused of spying for British intelligence, stressing that this “will not go unanswered.”
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called Akbari’s execution “terrible”, seeing it as “a cruel and cowardly act by a barbaric regime that does not respect the human rights of its people”.
For his part, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverley said: “This barbaric act deserves the strongest condemnation. He won’t go unanswered.”
Cleverly tweeted that London had imposed sanctions on Iran’s prosecutor Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, without specifying the nature of the sanctions, as an expression of London’s “disgust” at Akbari’s execution.
He added: “The State Attorney is at the center of Iran’s application of the death penalty. We demand that the (Iranian) regime be held accountable for its appalling human rights abuses.”
For its part, France condemned Akbari’s execution “with the utmost firmness” and the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement released today, Saturday: “The Chargé d’Affaires of the Iranian Embassy in Paris was again summoned this morning to express our condemnation” and warn him that “Iran’s repeated violations of international law are unacceptable.” It may go unanswered, especially when it comes to the treatment of foreign nationals arbitrarily detained by this country.”
Amnesty International condemned on Twitter what it called Iran’s “heinous assault” on the “right to life” after Tehran carried out Akbari’s death sentence.
Amnesty International said Akbari’s execution by Iranian authorities was “new evidence of their heinous assault on the right to life”, calling on the British government to “fully investigate” allegations that he was apparently tortured.
On Saturday, an Iranian court handed down Akbari’s death sentence, three days after it was revealed he was convicted of spying for the United Kingdom, of which he is a citizen.
Source: AFP + Iranian media