Iran upholds life sentence for men 'linked to UK spy'

February 6, 2012 21:51

TEHRAN - Iran's Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for two men convicted of killing three Sunnis with the help of a British spy, a news agency reported on Monday, the latest move in worsening ties between the two countries.

"The men, members of Komeleh Kurdish terrorist group, shot dead a son of Marivan's Friday prayer leader, along with two of his friends, in July 2009 with the support of the British intelligence service," the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

The Mehr report said the court had found the two guilty of "Moharebeh", an Islamic term meaning "enmity with God", a capital crime that carries the death sentence.

Like neighboring Iraq and Turkey, Iran has a large Kurdish minority, mainly living in the west and northwest. Iran is a mainly Shi'ite Muslim country while most Kurds are Sunni Muslims.

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