Iranian courts sentenced Mahmoud Mousavi-Majd to death for spying on Commander Qassem Soleimani for the US and Israel (Reuters). Officials of the Iranian Justice Ministry clarified Mousavi-Majd was in prison for some time and his activities were discovered before the airstrike which killed Soleimani (DW). Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili stated on Tuesday “He gave the whereabouts of martyr Soleimani to our enemies” (Haaretz). Esmaili did not specify when the execution of Mousavi-Majd will take place (Al Jazeera).
Officials have not stated whether Mousavi-Majd’s conviction is directly linked to the capture of 17 spies working for the CIA (Jerusalem Post). Esmaili stated Mousavi-Majd provided the Israeli and American intelligence agencies information “about Iran’s armed forces, particularly the [Revolutionary] Guards” (Reuters). Zein Bazravi, Al Jazeera correspondent, stated “There is not a great deal of transparency from the judiciary, specifically when it comes to espionage related cases” (Al Jazeera). Amir Rahimpour received a similar sentence in February after he was convicted of spying for the US and selling information about the nuclear program (France 24).