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‘Iran forced me to say I was an Israeli spy’

A FORMER Iranian businessman says he was tortured by Tehran authorities into a false confession of being an Israeli spy and killing Iranian nuclear scientists.

Mazyar Ebrahimi, who now lives in Germany, recalled for the BBC that in 2012, he and 12 others appeared on Iranian state television to confess to multiple charges that all carried the death penalty.

All said they had been trained in Israel before they returned to Iran and assassinated Iranian nuclear scientists.

The people were given a script to read written by the Iranian intelligence ministry.

“The interrogators were hitting the soles of my bare feet with a thick electric cable,” Ebrahimi said. “They broke my foot. The beating continued for seven months.”

He said he finally agreed to “confess” after being tortured around the clock for 40 days.

Ebrahimi told the BBC that he was ready to admit to anything because he wanted to die.

He was eventually freed when the Iranians realised there were “multiple discrepancies” between his testimony and the actual event.


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