The defendants were accused of planning a bomb attack against a factory manufacturing military equipment.
Iran executed four men it said were linked to an Israeli intelligence operation.
The death sentences were carried out on Monday after the Supreme Court rejected the appeals, according to Iranian state media. The quartet was accused of planning a bomb attack ordered by Israel’s Mossad agency.
The men were found guilty of illegally entering Iran from the Kurdish region of northern Iraq to attack a factory in the central city of Isfahan that produces equipment for the defense ministry and force logistics armies. The operation was planned for summer 2022 but was foiled by Iranian intelligence.
“The death sentence of four members of a group affiliated with the Zionist spy organization (…) was carried out this morning,” reported the Iranian justice website, Mizan Online.
Iran and Israel are long-time enemies. They are currently in conflict over Iran’s nuclear program. Israel accuses Iran of supporting armed groups, such as Hamas and Hezbollah, with which it fights. Iran claims that Israel has carried out a number of assassinations of Iranian officials and scientists, accusations that Tel Aviv neither confirms nor denies.
Wave of executions
Iran executes more people a year than any other country except China, according to Amnesty, and most often by hanging.
At the end of December, he put to death three men and a woman convicted for their alleged links to Mossad.
Last week, Mohammed Ghobadlou, an Iranian convicted for his participation in anti-government protests in late 2022, was accomplished. Critics said the accused suffered from mental health problems.
“We are alarmed by reports of an unfair trial in Mr. Ghobadlou’s case, as well as in other cases, which fall far short of the standards of due process and fair trial required by international law. rights to which Iran is linked,” experts from the UN human rights agency said after the sentence was carried out.
“We are dismayed by the unprecedented increase in executions in Iran and note that at least 834 people have been executed in 2023, including 8 people associated with the nationwide protests,” the experts said. “We urge the Iranian government to end this horrific wave of executions. »
United Nations human rights chief Volker Turk said last year that Iran had a An “abominable” assessment executions, with an average of more than 10 people hanged each week.