05/15/2012, 00.00
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Iran hangs alleged Israeli spy accused of murdering a nuclear physicist

Jamali Fashi had been sentenced to death in January 2011 for the murder of the scientist Masoud Ali Mohammadi, who died in 2010. The execution took place this morning in the capital. Along with Fashi 13 other people on trial for espionage.

Tehran (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Iranian authorities hung Fashi Jamali Majid sentenced to death for murdering Masoud Ali Mohammadi, a nuclear physicist killed by a bomb in January 2010, as he left his home. The state news agency IRNA reported the news. Jamali Fashi, regarded by the regime as a spy for Mossad, the Israeli secret service, was executed this morning in Tehran.

The man had confessed to the murder shortly after capture, 20 January 2011. According to the judges, during interrogation Fashi admitted to spying for Israel, which had paid him about 120 thousand U.S. dollars to kill the Iranian physicist who headed the regime's nuclear program. 13 other people were tried on charges of espionage along with Fashi.

The Fashi case is part of the war of tension between Iran and the international community, particularly Israel and the U.S., who accuse the regime of the ayatollahs of developing a nuclear weapons program. Tehran has always denied this accusation and says that its sites are only for peaceful purposes and has repeatedly denounced the CIA and Mossad involvement in the murders of several nuclear physicists in recent years.

For years, Israel - in collaboration with the United States - has threatened air strikes against Iranian nuclear sites. According to experts, Israel is only being held back from its intent by a technical problem: the Iranian sites are over 100 meters deep underground and the bombs that Israel use can not penetrate into the depths.

The threats of air strikes, however, is influencing oil prices, which in March rose to 112 dollars per barrel.



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