(Reuters) — An Iranian citizen who provided information to US and Israeli intelligence services on the whereabouts of Iran’s slain top commander Qassem Soleimani will be executed soon, Iran’s judiciary said on Tuesday.
On January 3, a US drone strike in Iraq killed Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force. Washington blamed Soleimani for masterminding attacks by Iran-aligned militias on US forces in the region.
“Mahmoud Mousavi-Majd, one of the spies for CIA and Mossad has been sentenced to death. He gave the whereabouts of martyr Soleimani to our enemies,” judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said in a televised news conference.
Following Soleimani’s killing Iran retaliated with a rocket attack on Iraq’s Ain al-Asad base where US forces were stationed on January 8. No US troops were killed or faced immediate bodily injury, but hundreds were later diagnosed with traumatic brain injury.
Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Alex Richardson, Editing by William Maclean
Image: A supporter of Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah carries a child holding a picture of the late Iran’s Quds Force top commander Qassem Soleimani during a rally commemorating the annual Hezbollah’s slain leaders in Beirut’s southern suburbs, Lebanon February 16, 2020. (REUTERS/Aziz Taher)