Iran sentences man to death for helping Mossad assassinate nuclear scientists
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Iran on Tuesday sentenced a man to death after being accused of working with Israel's intelligence agency the Mossad and assisting in the assassination of several senior nuclear scientists, said a Tehran prosecutor, according to Reuters.
The man was accused of being an agent for the Mossad and providing "sensitive information" about Iran's nuclear and military facilities.
According to the report, Tehran said at least four scientists were believed to have been assassinated between 2010 and 2012 with the aim to sabotage its nuclear program.
"The person has had several meetings with Mossad and has provided them with sensitive information about Iran's military and nuclear sites in return for money and residency of Sweden," the judiciary's news quoted the general prosecutor of Tehran, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadias as saying, reported Reuters adding that the report referred to Fashi as a "Mossad agent" in the headline of the report.
The report did not mention the accused by name but Amnesty International revealed his identity as Iranian doctor, Ahmadreza Djalali, who studied and taught in Sweden.
He was arrested in 2016 and held for seven months without access to a lawyer, according to the Amnesty report.
“Djalali was sentenced to death after a grossly unfair trial that once again exposes not only the Iranian authorities’ steadfast commitment to (the) use of the death penalty but their utter contempt for the rule of law,” said Amnesty’s Middle East advocacy director, Philip Luther, according to Reuters.
In 2012, Majid Jamali Fashi, was executed after being pleading guilty to the killing of an Iranian physicist and was accused of being a Mossad agent.
Israel has frequently declared Iran as the most imminent threat to the Jewish state and the region, and has warned of its nuclear ambitions.
Iran, meanwhile, has vowed the destruction of Israel on many occasions.
Tensions have escalated between the US and Iran in recent weeks over Iran's nuclear program.
Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US president Donald Trump have voiced opposition to a deal made with Iran in 2015 which saw the US and six world powers lift crippling economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic in exchange for curbing its nuclear program.
According to a report by military and intelligence bodies which are concerned with Iran concur that Iran has not been found in violation of the 2015 deal.
In response to Trump's hesitation to recertify the accord, Iran accused the US last week of "seeking excuses" to tear up the nuclear deal by demanding military site inspections.
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