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Court to issue ruling in Shiraz mosque bombing case

Press TV - The Islamic Revolution Court is expected to reach a verdict within one week in the trial of seven men accused of bombing a mosque in Shiraz.

The defendants at court

The defendants will make their final defense and the court will pronounce the final verdict within one week, said the head of branch 15 of the Islamic Revolution Court, Ali-Akbar Heidarifar, after a court hearing on Saturday.

Iran's security forces originally detained 15 suspects over a deadly terrorist attack at a mosque in the southern city of Shiraz in April 2008, which claimed the lives of 14 people and injured almost 208 others. The bombing was one of Iran's 'most fatal terrorist acts,' according to Haidarifar, representing Tehran's prosecutor-general.

Seven of the suspected terrorists have been charged with involvement in the attack, three of whom have confessed to being brainwashed by a Western terrorist cell.

Judge Heidarifar announced that three of the accused have acknowledged that their terrorist act was aimed at toppling the Islamic government of Iran, creating sectarian discord among the people and destabilizing Iran's status at the international arena.

The Intelligence Ministry has confirmed that the terrorist group intended to target Iran's oil pipelines, Tehran's international book fair as well as scientific, religious and educational centers, and other crowded locations in various Iranian cities.

Iranian judiciary spokesman, Alireza Jamshidi, earlier warned that the Islamic Republic might press charges against the United States, Britain and Israel over their involvement in the April 12 bombing.

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