Iranian billionaire sentenced to death

Babak Zanjani is seen in court in a photo released on Sunday, March 6. (Courtesy: CNN)

Tehran (CNN) — Iranian billionaire Babak Zanjani has been sentenced to death for corruption, authorities said Sunday.

Zanjani and two others were convicted of embezzling billions of dollars from the national oil company, judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Ejei said.

One of the charges he faces is “corruption on earth,” which carries the death penalty, according to Iranian state TV.

The oil mogul was sanctioned by the EU and the United States for helping Iran evade sanctions.

He was arrested in December 2013.

CNN’s Yousuf Basil contributed to this report.

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