Iran convicts informant who provided information to US on whereabouts of Soleimani

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On Jan. 3, a U.S. drone strike in Iraq killed Soleimani, leader of the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force. Washington blamed Soleimani for masterminding attacks by Iran-aligned militias on U.S. forces in the region.

“Mahmoud Mousavi-Majd, one of the spies for the CIA and the Mossad, has been sentenced to death … He gave information about the whereabouts of martyr Soleimani to our enemies,” judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said in a televised news conference.

“He passed on security information to the Israeli and American intelligence agencies about Iran’s armed forces, particularly the Guards,” Esmaili said.

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However, he did not say whether the information offered by Mousavi-Majd was linked to Soleimani’s killing in Iraq.

“He was sentenced to death by a revolutionary court and a supreme court has upheld his death sentence. He will be executed soon.”

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Officials have not said whether Mousavi-Majd’s case is linked to Iran’s announcement in February that a man had been sentenced to death in Islamic Republic for spying for the CIA and attempting to pass on information about Tehran’s nuclear programme.

Soleimani’s killing led to a peak in confrontation between Iran and the United States.

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Iran retaliated with a rocket attack on an Iraqi air base where U.S. forces were stationed.

Hours later, Iranian forces on high alert mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian passenger airliner taking off from Tehran

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