TEHRAN-A Tehran court on Tuesday sentenced to death an Iranian-German dual national accused of being the leader of a “terrorist” group behind a deadly 2008 mosque bombing, the judiciary said. “The Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced Jamshid Sharmahd, the leader of the Tondar terrorist group, to death on the charge of corruption on earth through planning and directing terrorist acts,” the judiciary’s Mizan Online news agency reported. Mizan said Iran-born Sharmahd could appeal against his death sentence before the supreme court.
“The trial of this case was held in seven sessions in the presence of the accused and his lawyer, the plaintiffs and their families,” it said. “According to the documents of the case, Sharmahd planned to commit 23 terrorist acts, of which he succeeded in five including the bombing of a mosque in (the southern city of) Shiraz on April 12, 2008, which killed 14 people and wounded 300 others.” Iranian authorities announced in August 2020 that Sharmahd, 67, who is also a German national and a US resident, was arrested in what they described as a “complex operation” without specifying how, where or when he was seized. The group, he is accused of leading, aims to topple the Islamic republic and is outlawed as a terrorist organisation by Iran. Tondar, which means “thunder” in Farsi, is also known as the Kingdom Assembly of Iran. Prosecutors had also accused Sharmahd of having established contact with “FBI and CIA officers” and of having “attempted to contact Israeli Mossad agents”. In 2009, Iran convicted and hanged three men for the Shiraz bombing, claiming they had links to the monarchist group and had taken their orders from “an Iranian CIA agent” based in the US in an attempt to assassinate a senior official in Iran.