Iranian judge shot down by motorcycle gunman

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2 August 2005, TEHRAN - Iran's judiciary Tuesday confirmed the assassination of a judge in north Tehran, state news agency IRNA reported.

2 August 2005

TEHRAN - Iran's judiciary Tuesday confirmed the assassination of a judge in north Tehran, state news agency IRNA reported.

Judiciary spokesman Karimi Rad said that Massoud Moqadass, who was also deputy general prosecutor, was killed by a motorcycle gunman.

IRNA said that the hardline Moqadass was the judge in the 2000 trial of some 20 Iranian dissidents, including Akbar Ganji, who were charged for having taken part in a political conference in Berlin in the same year.

The conference, sponsored by the Heinrich Boell Foundation which has close links with Germany's Greens Party, angered the Iranian clergy which was initially aimed at introducing Iran's reform movement but later turned by exiled Iranian groups into a anti-Iran happening.

All of the accused have been released except Ganji who is in a critical health condition due to a more than 50-day hunger strike in protest against the judiciary's refusal to release him one year before the end of his six-year jail term.

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Subject: German news

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