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Monday, December 1, 2008

Iran to try 3 it says were spying for Israel

Nazila Fathi,Isabel Kershner, New York Times. 11/26/2008.

(11-26) 04:00 PST Tehran -- Iran has broken a spy ring working for Israeli's intelligence service, Mossad, and will seek the death penalty for three suspects in custody, Iran's prosecutor general announced Tuesday.

The prosecutor general, Saeed Mortazavi, said the suspects, members of Baseej, Iran's volunteer militia, were expected to get close to senior members of the Revolutionary Guard so they could "assassinate military scientists and blow up strategic military and missile facilities."

At a news conference covered by the semiofficial Fars news agency, he said they would be tried within a month, and, if convicted of moharebeh - crimes against Islam and the state - they would be sentenced to death. Conviction on lesser charges could mean 10 years in prison, he said.

Mortazavi said the suspects had been trained in 21 sessions to carry out assassinations, plant bombs, drive cars and motorcycles professionally and use special cameras, computers and satellite equipment. Three additional suspects are under surveillance, he said.

The leader of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Mohammad Ali Jafari, said Monday that its intelligence bureau had detected the spy ring.

Mortazavi said Tuesday that the inquiry started six months ago. He said evidence was found on the suspects' laptops and satellite phones. "They also had advanced and sophisticated digital cameras for taking still shots and videos," Fars quoted him as saying.

Assessing the strength of the government's case is difficult. The Israeli government has declined to comment on it, but Prime Minister Ehud Olmert recently hinted at intelligence achievements, without elaborating. Mossad is widely considered one of the world's most effective intelligence organizations, but as such, its activities are secret.

Iran's announcement was made amid severe tension between Israel and Iran, which does not recognize Israel. Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is hostile to Israel.

Israel, which has a nuclear arsenal, has said it is convinced that Iran will soon be able to make nuclear weapons.

Israel bombed an Iraqi nuclear site in 1981 and what it suspected was a Syrian nuclear site in 2007. In June, Israel conducted a major military exercise that U.S. officials said appeared to have been a rehearsal for a potential bombing attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.

Last week, Iran executed Ali Ashtari, who had been convicted of spying for Israel, and warned that its war with Israel had become "more serious."

This article appeared on page A - 8 of the San Francisco Chronicle

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