An Iranian man has confessed to the assassination of a prominent scientist. Majid Jamali-Fashi admitted to killing Massoud Ali-Mohammadi, an elementary-particle physicist who died on his way to work when a bomb concealed on a motorcycle detonated in January 2010.
Two other scientists, Majid Shahriyari and current atomic energy chief Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, were also victims of two similar attacks in November, although Abbasi-Davani survived.
Prosecutors say that Jamali-Fashi had been hired by Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad to kill the nuclear physicist as part of a bid to impede Iran’s nuclear program. Iran has frequently denied accusations that it is seeking nuclear weapons and has blamed the United States and Israel of conspiring against their nuclear energy ambitions.
However, an Iranian opposition website said that prior to his death, Ali-Mohammadi had been a supporter of moderate opposition candidate Mir Hossein Moussavi in the controversial 2009 elections, hinting at another possible motive for the death of the scientist.
Charged with “War against God”, collaborating with Israel, and drug possession, Jamali-Fashi could face public execution.