TEHRAN (BNO NEWS) — Iran’s Judiciary on Sunday sentenced Majid Jamali-Fashi, who assassinated nuclear physicist Massoud Ali-Mohammadi in early 2010, to death, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.
Judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei made the announcement in an interview with the news agency. Jamali-Fashi was previously charged with moharebeh (enmity against God) and with being a ‘corrupt person on the earth’.
The trial session of the defendant was held on August 23 when he pleaded guilty to charges of assassinating Ali-Mohammadi. In his defense, Jamali Fashi confessed that he was due to carry out five other operations after Ali Mohammadi’s assassination.
Ali-Mohammadi, an Iranian university professor and nuclear scientist, was killed in January 2010 when a bomb planted in his motorcycle exploded in front of his house in Tehran, the country’s capital.
Iran has blamed the attack on Israel and its intelligence agency Mossad, saying that the agency has organized ‘terrorist groups’ to carry out attacks against Iranian scientists. Tehran’s Public and Revolutionary Courts Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi has said that Jamali Fashi was trained in Mossad’s military bases and that he had received $120,000 from Israel to carry out the assassination.
Last year, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blamed Israel for the scientist’s murder, the first of three assaults on nuclear scientists of the Islamic country. On November 29, two other nuclear scientists were killed in separate bomb attacks in Tehran.
Iran has since claimed that both Israel and the United States have hatched numerous plots to stop its nuclear progress through different measures, including sanctions and assassinations of scientists and university professors.
Sunday, August 28th, 2011