Iran’s Supreme Court has approved the death sentence of an Iranian researcher accused of spying for Israel.
Ahmad Reza Jalali, who has been jailed since April 2016, was shown on state TV earlier this month confessing to providing information to Israel’s Mossad spy agency about Iranian military and nuclear scientists, including two who were assassinated in 2010.
The semi-official ISNA news agency reported the court’s decision Monday. It is not clear when the sentence will be carried out. The ruling is not subject to appeal.
At least four scientists were killed between 2010 and 2012 in what Tehran said were assassinations meant to sabotage its efforts to develop nuclear energy. Western powers and Israel said Iran aimed to build a nuclear bomb. Tehran denied this.
The Islamic Republic hanged a man in 2012 over the killings, saying he was an agent for Israeli intelligence agency Mossad.