Iran to execute woman over alleged Israel ties

Sunday, August 03, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

An Iranian woman and three male accomplices who were charged with involvement in a deadly bombing at a mosque in the city of Shiraz in western Iran in April have been given death sentences, Iranian media reported on Sunday.

Twenty-five people were arrested in connection to the April 12 mosque bombing, but the woman and three other men received harsher sentences because they also allegedly had "connections with the Zionist regime."

Iranian authorities insist that Israel, the US and Britain were behind the mosque bombing, and that the local Iranian perpetrators were working on behalf of those nations.

In related news, Iranian newspaper Resalat reported on Sunday that seven members of the Bahai faith who were arrested earlier this year have confessed to being Israeli agents tasked with undermining Iran's Islamic foundations.

According to the charges, the group set up an illegal organization that Israel and the Christian nations associated with it hoped would discredit Islam among Iranians.

The Bahai faith is banned in Iran, and members of the small religious movement who have set up social welfare organizations in the past have been arrested on charges of trying to harm Islam.

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