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Iran Court Upholds Death Penalty for 4 Over ‘Israel Links’

Supporters of hard-line cleric Ebrahim Raisi hold his photo and wave their country's flag in Tehran, Iran. AP
Supporters of hard-line cleric Ebrahim Raisi hold his photo and wave their country’s flag in Tehran, Iran. AP

Iran's judiciary upheld the death sentences of four people on Wednesday for allegedly cooperating with Israeli intelligence services, yet another instance of the country mired in unrest pointing the finger at its Jewish foe.

The Islamic Republic has long blamed its arch-nemesis Israel for carrying out covert operations on its soil, as Tehran accuses Israeli and Western agents of plotting a civil war amid nationwide demonstrations over the death of Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini – which have grown into the largest anti-regime protests in over four decades.

Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency reported that those sentenced to death were convicted of "cooperating with the intelligence services of the Zionist regime and for kidnapping," adding: "With guidance from the Zionist intelligence service, this network of thugs was stealing and destroying private and public property, kidnapping people, and obtaining fake confessions."

The news agency noted that the four were arrested by the regime's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and Intelligence Ministry.

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