Official: Iranian Jews do not Face Death Penalty

Published June 22nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Iranian Jews accused of spying for Israel do not face the death penalty, reported Iran News Agency (IRNA), quoting head of the judiciary in the southern city of Shiraz. 

Hossein-Ali Amiri said a charge of "mohareb", meaning the accused "waged war against God and the country," had been dropped. 

IRNA said this was the only charge carrying the death penalty in the case, which has aroused international concern. 

Defense lawyers had previously said that an initial charge of "mohareb" had not finally been maintained during the trial, said the agency. 

Eight of the 13 have publicly confessed to belonging to a spy ring for Israel, but the defense says these admissions have not been backed up by evidence in court, said the agency - Albawaba.com 

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