August 2, 2005

Judge in key dissident case shot dead in Tehran

TEHRAN (Reuters) - A gunman on a motorcycle shot dead the
judge trying the case of Iranian dissident Akbar Ganji,
judiciary spokesman Jamal Karimirad said on Tuesday.

"Massoud Moghaddas...was shot and martyred leaving the
court building," he told Reuters. "We do not know anything
about the identity of the assassin."

State television said Moghaddas was Tehran's deputy

He had been presiding over the case of Ganji, a journalist
who was imprisoned in 2001 following a string of stories he
wrote linking officials to the murder of dissident

Ganji's wife says her husband is in very poor health
because of a hunger strike.