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Two spies have been hanged in Iran following a Revolutionary Court judgement.
Press TV has reported the spies, who worked for the US Central Intelligence Agency and the Israeli spy agency, the Mossad, were hanged at dawn on Sunday.
Sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court, the men have been named as Mohammad Heidari, a Mossad agent and Kourosh Ahmadi, who was convicted of working for the CIA.
Heidari was prosecuted on the basis he had collected classified information about Iran, passing it on to the Israeli spy agency in the course of several meetings.
Heidari had allegedly received large sums of money from the Mossad.
Kourosh Ahmadi, was charged with contacting CIA agents to provide them with secret intelligence on Iran.
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