14 Jan 2023

‘Cowardly act’ Rishi Sunak condemns British-Iranian execution

The UK has imposed sanctions on Iran’s prosecutor general – after a British Iranian national was executed on charges of spying for the UK.

Alireza Akbari – who had once served as Iran’s deputy defence minister – had strongly denied the charges, saying he had been forced to confess to crimes which he did not commit.

The Prime Minister Rishi Sunak condemned the killing as “callous and cowardly” – while the Foreign Secretary declared that Tehran would be held to account.