Iran death penalty for 'Israeli spy' Majid Jamali Fashi

An Iranian man accused of Israeli links has been sentenced to death for killing one of the country's nuclear scientists, state media has reported.

Majid Jamali Fashi had confessed to the murder of physics professor Massoud Ali Mohammadi, from Tehran University, on 12 January 2010, news agency IRNA said.

Prosecutors accused him of detonating a bomb planted on a motorcycle outside Mr Mohammadi's home. They said he was paid by Israel's Mossad spy agency.

Israel does not comment on such claims.

Iran has accused Israel and the US of trying to harm its nuclear programme. The two countries believe Iran is trying to acquire the technology to build nuclear weapons, something Tehran vigorously denies.

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