'Israeli spy' executed in Iran

Sunday, November 23, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

An Iranian man was executed by hanging in Tehran last week on charges of spying for Israel, Iran's IRNA news agency reported on Saturday.

Ali Ashtari, a 43-year-old businessman, was accused of passing to Israel classified information regarding Iran's military and nuclear program.

Israeli defense officials denied any connection to Ashtari, whose hanging marked the first time an alleged Israeli spy had been executed by Iran.

Another Iranian was arrested last week on similar charges of spying for Israel.

Hossein Derakhshan, a young blogger who also holds Canadian citizenship, visited Israel in 2007 to get a better feel for the country that he has long urged the Muslim world to accept.

Iranian officials claimed that Derakhshan had confessed to spying for the Jewish state.

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