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Iran airs alleged 'confession video' of death-row 'Mossad spy'

Ahmadreza Djalali was arrested during a trip to Iran in April 2016. [Getty]

Date of publication: 18 December, 2017

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Iranian state TV has broadcast a video which it says shows the confession of an academic sentenced to death for allegedly spying for Israel during nuclear talks with world powers.

Iran has screened a video on state TV it claims shows the confession of a Swedish resident academic on death row for allegedly spying for Israel, in a case which has been widely condemned by human rights groups.

Ahmadreza Djalali - an emergency medicine specialist resident in Sweden - was a visiting professor at Belgium's Vrije University when he was arrested during a trip to Iran in April 2016. 

He was accused of passing information to Israel's Mossad intelligence service during the negotiations that led to Iran's nuclear deal with world powers in 2015.

Djalali has claimed he is being punished for refusing to spy for Iran while working in Europe.

In the video aired late Sunday and prepared by Iran's intelligence ministry, Ahmadreza Djalali says he worked with a foreign intelligence agency while studying in Europe.

In the 17-minute video, a narrator speaks over images of a purported "interview" with Djalali crosscut with archive footage, accusing him of being a "traitor" and of having been recruited by Mossad.

In the footage, Djalali says he gave information to foreign intelligence agents on two Iranian nuclear scientists, Majid Shahriari and Masoud Alimohammadi.

The two were among five Iranian scientists - four of them involved in the country's nuclear programme - killed in bomb and gun attacks in Tehran between 2010 and 2012.

Iran has accused Mossad and the CIA of ordering the killings.

The video comes just days after human rights group Amnesty International said Iran's Supreme Court had "run roughshod over the rule of law" by confirming Djalali's death sentence.

After more than a decade of tensions with the West, Tehran in July 2015 signed a landmark deal with world powers to curb its nuclear activity in exchange for the gradual lifting of crippling economic sanctions.

US President Donald Trump has threatened to scrap the accord.

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