Mar 18, 2023 16:57 UTC
  •  Iran: Court sentences two to death over terrorist attack in Shiraz

An Iranian court has handed out death sentences to two men over their involvement in a deadly terrorist attack last October on the Shah Cheragh's holy shrine in the southern city of Shiraz.

Judiciary Chief of Fars Province Kazem Moussavi said on Saturday that the two main culprits of the terrorist attack were convicted of assisting in corruption on earth, armed rebellion and acting against national security.

He said the pair were directly involved in the arming, procurement, logistics and guidance of the main perpetrator of the terrorist attack on the holy shrine of Ahmad ibn Imam Musa al-Kazem (AS).

The Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Moussavi further said that the two men sentenced to death have confessed that that they had been in contact with Daesh ringleaders and helped organize the attack.

The judicial official added that three other defendants in the case were also given prison sentences for five, 15 and 25 years for being members of the Daesh terrorist group and supporting it.

He noted that the verdicts against the five could be appealed before the Supreme Court.

During the latest session of a court in Shiraz on March 15, the third suspect identified as Naeim Hashem Qetali, an Afghan national, confessed to making preparations for supporting the prime attacker in Tehran and pleaded guilty to directly helping the attacker and financially supporting members of the group.

The court has charged him with aiding and abetting "corruption on earth" through financial participation and support for Daesh elements in Iran.