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TEHRAN, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- The Iranian judiciary announced on Wednesday four members of a "thugs network linked with Israeli intelligence service Mossad," who were arrested in the country in late May, have been sentenced to death.

Those members of the "Mossad-led network" were charged with stealing and destroying both public and private properties as well as abducting individuals and extracting false confessions from them, after they were detained in a joint operation by Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and Intelligence Ministry, Iranian Students' News Agency quoted the judiciary's media center as saying.

Following due legal procedures, final court rulings have been issued on the cases of the network's seven members, the report says, adding four of them, namely Hossein Ordoukhanzadeh, Shahin Imani Mahmoud Abad, Milad Ashrafi and Manouchehr Shahbandi, were sentenced to death on charges of "carrying out intelligence cooperation with Israel and kidnapping."

The rest of the network's members were given prison terms ranging from five to 10 years for "committing crimes against Iran's national security, complicity in kidnapping, and keeping arms," according to the report.

On May 22, the IRGC announced in a statement the arrest of the "Mossad-linked network of thugs", according to the semi-official Mehr news agency.

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