Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, condemned the execution of a British-Iranian national by Iran on Saturday, calling it a “cowardly act” and said that the execution was carried out “by a barbarous dictatorship with no respect for the human rights of their own people.”
Days after Alireza Akbari, a former deputy defence minister, was sentenced to death for spying for Britain allegations, the Iranian judiciary reported that he had been executed on Saturday.
“I am appalled by the execution of British-Iranian citizen Alireza Akbari in Iran. My thoughts are with Alireza’s friends and family,” Sunak said on Twitter.
The British foreign secretary, James Cleverly, stated after the execution, saying it would not go “unchallenged.”
“This barbaric act deserves condemnation in the strongest possible terms. The Iranian regime has again shown its callous disregard for human life through this politically motivated act.
“We will be summoning the Iranian Charge d’Affaires to make clear our disgust at Iran’s actions. Our thoughts are with Akbari’s family,” he stated.
Mizan News Agency, associated with Iran’s court, reported that Akbari had been executed for “corruption on earth” and “extensive action against the country’s internal and external security.”