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Daily Israel Report

Iran 'Mossad Spy' Gets Death Sentence

Majid Jamali-Fashi confessed to the murder of nuclear scientist Massoud Ali-Mohammadi in January 2010.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 8/28/2011, 5:55 PM

Majid Jamali-Fashi
Majid Jamali-Fashi
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On Sunday an Iranian court sentenced to death Majid Jamali-Fashi, who has confessed to the murder of Massoud Ali-Mohammadi, one of Tehran's "top nuclear scientists," in January 2010.

Ali-Mohammadi's assassination was the first of several attacks on scientists which Iran has blamed on foreign agents.

According to taped interviews with Jamali-Fashi that appeared on Iranian television, he travelled to Turkey in search of work and became involved with the Iranian exile community in Istanbul, who in turn introduced him to the Mossad.

Ali-Mohammadi, an elementary-particle physicist, was leaving his Tehran home to go to work on Jan. 12, 2010, when a bomb hidden in a motorcycle exploded nearby and killed him.

Two similar attacks in November killed two nuclear scientists and wounded another, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, who has since become Iran's atomic energy chief.

Iran's nuclear programs were further set back by the invations of the Stuxnet worm that destroyed operating systems.