Iran hangs ´Israel spy´ over nuclear scientist killing (BBC) British Broadcasting Company) 16 May 2012 Last updated at 02:16 GMT)
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A man convicted of killing an Iranian nuclear scientist in Tehran two
years ago has been hanged, Iran´s state media report.
Majid Jamali Fashi, 24, was convicted of killing Professor Massoud
Ali Mohammadi by detonating a bomb outside his home in January 2010.
Fashi was also accused of being a spy for the Israeli intelligence
agency Mossad and receiving $120,000 (£72,000) for the killing.
Israel denied any role in the killings.
Israel Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor was quoted by the
Associated Press news agency as saying the slayings "are not
connected to us in any way."
"Majid Jamali Fashi, the Mossad spy and the person who assassinated
Masoud Ali Mohammadi, our nation´s nuclear scientist, was hanged on
Tuesday morning," Iran´s Irna news agency reported.
Professor Massoud Ali Mohammadi was a particle physics professor at
Tehran University. He is one of several high-profile nuclear
scientists to have been killed in Tehran in recent years.
Iran has repeatedly accused Israel and the US of trying to harm its
The two countries believe Iran is trying to acquire the technology to
build nuclear weapons - something Tehran denies.
The country says it is developing its uranium enrichment program for
Fashi, who was tried and convicted in August 2011, appeared on
Iranian TV in January confessing to the professor´s killing, and
giving details of the intelligence gathering operation he said he was
Opposition sources in Iran have accused the government of killing
Professor Mohammadi because he was one of their supporters. (© BBC
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