Iranian man goes on trial for killing of physicist

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Posted: Aug 23, 2011 9:36 AM
Iranian man goes on trial for killing of physicist

An Iranian man has gone on trial for the killing last year of a Tehran physicist, an assassination that authorities blamed on Israel's Mossad spy agency.

State news agency IRNA says Ali Jamali Fashi has been charged with the January 2010 killing of Tehran University physics professor Masoud Ali Mohammadi, who died when a bomb-rigged motorcycle exploded outside his house.

Tuesday's report says Fashi is also accused of cooperating with Mossad, traveling to Israel to attend Mossad's training courses and receiving money from the Israeli intelligence service.

Iran claims Mossad is out to roll back scientific progress in Muslim nations.

In January, Iran said it arrested 10 people allegedly with links to Mossad and implicated in the killing of at least two Iranian scientists.