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Iran’s Judiciary issues death penalty for ringleader of US-based terror group

The Iranian Judiciary has sentenced to death the ringleader of a US-based terrorist group accused of committing terror attacks and counterrevolutionary operations against the Islamic Republic.

The Judiciary’s Mizan news agency reported on Tuesday that Jamshid Sharmahd was sentenced to death in the Revolutionary Court of Tehran on charges of “corruption on earth” by planning and orchestrating terrorist acts in the country.

Sharmahd, who holds German citizenship and is also a US resident, was the ringleader of the Tondar (Thunder) terrorist outfit. He was accused of planning a series of attacks, including a 2008 attack against a religious congregation center in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, Fars Province, which killed 14 people and wounded hundreds.

US-based group ringleader admits providing explosives for 2008 deadly bomb attack in Iran

Sharmahd and his Tondar group, were also behind a 2010 terrorist bombing at Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s mausoleum in the Iranian capital, which left several people injured.

The 67-year-old is also accused of working with US intelligence and spying on Iran’s ballistic missile program.

Citing documents in the case, Mizan news agency said Sharmahd had planned to commit 23 terrorist acts, and succeeded in executing five.

“His verdict can still be appealed in the Supreme Court,” Mizan added.

The Iranian Intelligence Ministry announced in a statement in August 2020 that it had arrested the terrorist ringleader, who had directed “armed operations and acts of sabotage” in Iran from the US.

Upon his arrest, Sharmahd admitted to providing explosives for the bombing attack in the Hosseynieh Seyed al-Shohada Mosque in Shiraz, in which 14 people were killed and more than 200 wounded.

According to the Ministry, the group had planned to carry out several high-profile and potentially deadly attacks across the Islamic Republic, but its efforts were thwarted by the intricate intelligence operations targeting the outfit.

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