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Judiciary Spokesperson: IAEA partly responsible for attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Judiciary spokesperson Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei has said that the IAEA should be held accountable for the recent attacks on two Iranian physicists because it has given ineligible persons access to information about Iranian nuclear scientists.

Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei

"Unfortunately, the agency's inspectors have gathered some information about Iran's nuclear scientists and provided the information to ineligible persons," Mohseni-Ejei told reporters at his weekly press briefing on Monday.

The terrorists were able to carry out the terrorist actions because they had access to the information about the nuclear scientists, he said.

"This action by International Atomic Energy Agency officials was beyond their legal mandate," he stated.

Undoubtedly, the agency should be held accountable for the recent terrorist attacks, he added.

On November 29, two prominent physicists were targeted by terrorists in two separate bombings. Professor Majid Shahriari was killed and Professor Fereydoun Abbasi Davani was injured in the attacks. The two academics were both on their way to work at Shahid Beheshti University in northern Tehran when they were attacked. The police say that in both incidents, terrorists riding motorcycles attached magnetic bombs to the physicists' cars.

Mohseni-Ejei, who is also the national prosecutor general, said that the people who carried out the terrorist bombings have not been identified and arrested, but several people who were connected with the terrorist actions have been detained.

The people who were arrested have confessed that they had received training in methods to conduct terrorist operations from foreign intelligence agencies, he said.

He also stated that Iran will take legal action against the countries that were behind the terrorist acts.

Iranian officials believe that Western intelligence agencies were behind the attacks.

Judiciary will deal with illegal political activities

Elsewhere in his remarks, Mohseni-Ejei commented on the recent activities of two banned reformist parties and said that the Judiciary will certainly deal with these groups.

The Judiciary has banned the Islamic Iran Participation Party and the Islamic Revolution Mojahedin Organization due to their involvement in the political unrest following the June 2009 presidential election.

However, these parties have continued their political activities, and every now and then issue statements leveling accusations against the Islamic system.

"Undoubtedly, they will be brought to justice... These people had time to make up for their past, but they are continuing their illegal activities," Mohseni-Ejei said.

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