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Iran executes spy, and blogger arrested

The New York Times reported Saturday that Iran executed a man accused of spying for Israel.
Ali Ashtari was executed Monday by hanging, according to the article, and was said to have confessed to spying in his June trial after being arrested in 2006.
Newspapers reported that he was the manager of a company which sells communication and security equipment to Iran.
An Israeli official denied the country's knowledge of the spying.
The tension between the two countries stems from Iran's nuclear program, and Iran does not recognize Israel as a state.
Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has spoken out against Israel since his election in 2005.
A blogger, Hossein Derakhshan, was also arrested this month accused of spying.
An Israeli journalist, Abraham Rabinovich, defended Derakshan and said that he was just trying to give both countries a different perspective on each other.