TEHRAN, Iran, (AP)- Iranian state television says the country’s Revolutionary Court has sentenced an Iranian man to death after convicting him of spying for Israel.
The report Monday identifies the man as Ali Ashtari, a 45-year-old salesman who worked for a company supplying electronic devices to military, security and defense firms and facilities around Iran.
State TV quotes an unidentified Iranian official on its web site as saying that Ashtari relayed sensitive information on Iran’s military, defense and research centers to Israeli intelligence officers.
The official quoted by state TV also says Ashtari tried to “create a link” between Iranian experts and Israeli intelligence agents. Ashtari, who was arrested in 2007, has 20 days to appeal the conviction and sentence.