The Tasnim news agency said the Supreme Court had upheld his sentence and described him as a “key spy” for British intelligence.
Mr Akbari’s wife, Maryam, who lives in the UK told BBC Persian that she had been told to visit him in prison in Tehran for a “final meeting”.
She added that he had been transferred to solitary confinement which is usually a sign of a sign of imminent execution.
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly blasted the move as “barbaric” and called for Mr Akbari’s immediate release.
He said: “Iran must halt the execution.
“This is a politically motivated act by a barbaric regime that has total disregard for human life.”
Mr Akbari, who used to run a private think tank, has not been seen in public since 2019.
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BBC Persian broadcast an audio recording by Akbari in which he claimed that he was tortured into confessing to crimes that he did not commit.
In a statement, the Foreign Office said they had been in constant contact with Tehran, lobbying for his release.
They said: “We are supporting the family of Mr Akbari and have repeatedly raised his case with the Iranian authorities.
“Our priority is securing his immediate release.”
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