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
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
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.