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Iran hangs 'Israel spy' over killing of nuclear scientist

Iranian media says a man accused of being an Israeli spy has been executed over the death of a leading nuclear scientist.

Image: Vahid Salemi/AP/Press Association Images

A MAN WHO was convicted of killing an Iranian nuclear scientist in Tehran two years ago has been put to death, according to Iranian state media.

Majid Jamali Fashi was convicted of detonating a bomb outside the home of Professor Massoud Ali Mohammadi in January 2010, killing him.

Mohammadi, a particle physics professor at Tehran University, was one several high-profile Iranian scientists to be killed in recent years.

Fashi, 24, was also accused of working for the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad and receiving $120,000 for the assassination, reports AFP.  After being tried and convicted of the killing in August 2011, Fashi appeared on television confessing to the crime and explaining details of the operation in which he was involved.

Iranian media says Fashi was hanged today.

Iran has accused Israel and the United States of attempting to thwart its nuclear programme, as both countries have expressed fears that the Iranian authorities are trying to develop a weapon. Iran denies such suggestions, insisting that its nuclear programme is peaceful.

Iranian opposition sources claim that Professor Mohammadi was a supporter of theirs – and say this was the real reason behind his killing, reports the BBC.

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