Tehran's Deputy Prosecutor-General Massoud Moghadassi was shot dead today. Judiciary spokesman Jamal Karimirad said at least two gunmen, driving a motorcycle, fired at Moghadassi while the judge was leaving work near the centre of Tehran. No arrests have been made. Moghadassi had become famous in recent years for handling a series of high-profile political cases. In 2001, the hardline conservative judge sent journalist Akbar Ganji in prison for writing articles that linked Iranian government officials to the murder of political dissidents. Moghadassi was also the magistrate who sentenced future Nobel Prize winner Shirin Ebadi to several days in jail in 2000. Tehran's Police Chief General Morteza Talaie said there was no indication as to what could be the murderers' motivations. But he did not rule out that the crime could have a political undertone.
Iranian Hardline Judge Gunned Down In Tehran