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Iraqi national to be hanged in Iran

TEHRAN, Sept 8 (Reuters) - An Iraqi national has been sentenced to be hanged in Iran, convicted of carrying out bombing attacks in Tehran 18 years ago, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Jomhuri-ye Eslami quoted Tehran Revolutionary Court chief Gholamhossein Rahbarpour as saying that the unnamed prisoner was a member of the Iraqi secret service.

He was convicted of ordering and taking part in two bomb attacks in a crowded commercial district in central Tehran in 1981, which killed and wounded an unspecified number of people.

Rahbarpour said the Iraqi planned a similar attack on the holy city of Qom, in central Iran, but was caught before carrying it out. He said the man would be hanged soon.

The reported attacks took place a year after the start of the eight-year Iran-Iraq war and during the turbulent period following the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Rahbarpour did not say why the court, which has a reputation for handing down tough and quick sentences, had taken so long to sentence the Iraqi.


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