Iranian convicted of spying for Israel confesses to informing on nuclear scientists


(JTA) — An Iranian researcher convicted of spying for Israel’s Mossad intelligence service confessed on Iran state television to providing information to a foreign intelligence service about Iranian nuclear scientists.

The four scientists were later assassinated between 2010 and 2012 in an apparent attempt to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program.

In the national broadcast Sunday, Ahmad Reza Jalali said he was recruited to an unnamed country’s foreign intelligence service while he was studying in a European country that he also did not name.

The broadcast displayed images of a Swedish ID card and Rome’s Colosseum, The Associated Press reported.

Jalali has been held in jail in Iran since April 2016. He was convicted and sentenced to death in October 2017 for working with Israel’s Mossad foreign intelligence agency and assisting in the assassination of several senior nuclear scientists. Iran’s Supreme Court upheld his death sentence several months ago.

Jalali worked as an emergency medicine specialist resident in Sweden. He was a visiting professor at Belgium’s Vrije University when he was arrested during a trip to Iran in April 2016.

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