By: Mir M.Hosseini
Iran hangs an Israeli spy signaling a serious intelligence war. Ali Ashtari, who was arrested in February 2007 for cooperation with Israeli intelligence services; Mossad for three years, was sentenced to death in June and was hanged in Tehran on November 17. He was a 45 year old telecom salesman accused of intercepting communications of Iranian officials who were working in military bodies and were involved in its nuclear programs, especially those who were working for the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization.
He confessed that he had assisted Israeli intelligent service with some secret information from Iranian officials. Mossad gave him 50,000 U.S. dollars to buy internet cables and satellite phones and then sell them to the special customers in the hope of enabling Israel to spy on their communications. He had met his handlers in Turkey, Thailand and Switzerland.
In 2000, Iran had tried 10 Iranians, for spying for Israel. They received jail terms after their charges were proven by the Iranian court. Iranian armed forces have also intercepted terrorists carrying Israeli arms near the Iran–Iraq border. Iran accuses the US of supplying rebel groups in Kurdistan in order to create unrest and destabilize the government. The United States and Israel have consistently refused to rule out the possibility of military strikes against Iran over its refusal to halt its nuclear program. Iran has denied the U.S. charges and insisted that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only however, the threats have been strong enough to be used as an excuse to crackdown on all political dissidents sometimes accusing them of being foreign elements .
Iran holds world record for capital punishment right after China.