Iranian Court Sentences Extremist Leader to Death
Iran's revolutionary court has sentenced to death a leader of an ultra-Orthodox Muslim group engaged in a spate of terrorist attacks, and several other members received lenghty prison terms, reported the official Iranian news agency (IRNA), quoting press reports Wednesday.
The Persian daily, Iran, said that the court sentenced
Gholam-Reza Ameli, leader of the Mahdaviat group, to death after hearing his defense.
According to the paper, he has protested the ruling and the case has been referred to the supreme court.
Members of the Mahdaviat clique, numbering 30, are charged with armed action against national security and assassination attempts on several officials.
They are also implicated in the 1999 assassination attempt against the former head of the Tehran Justice Department, Ali Razini, the paper said.
Their abortive bomb attack on Razini left him paralyzed.
Members of the group were said to have been taking their orders from a grandson of a prominent Iranian cleric, the late Ayatollah Milani - Albawaba.com
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