Based 'terrorist' leader Jamshid Sharmahd arrested by Iran

Clay Curtis
August 2, 2020

The group's "Jamshid Sharmahd, who was leading armed and sabotage operations inside Iran, is now in the powerful hands" of Iran's security forces, state television said in a report citing a statement from the intelligence ministry.

They committed heinous crimes in Seyyed al-Shohada Hosseiniyah in Shiraz and in Vesal Rahpooyan TV Program, which led to the mass martyrdom of our fellow countrymen and wounding of other citizens.

Mohammad Reza Sadeqnia, the man the Iranian Intelligence Ministry sent to the United States to assassinate Sharmahd was arrested and briefly jailed in the United States but he returned to Iran later. "God willing, they will know about everything in the near future".

It's not clear under what circumstances he was arrested.

According to the statement, he had orchestrated the April 12, 2008 bombing in a packed mosque in Shiraz that killed 14 people and wounded 215.

It noted that the terrorist group had also planned to carry out other large-scale operations, like blowing up several places, including Sivand Dam in Shiraz, Mausoleum of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini in southern Tehran, and Tehran International Book Fair, which were all foiled.

Iran's intelligence ministry published a picture later on Saturday of a grey-haired man in a blindfold it said was Sharmahd.

It is not yet known what he will be charged with, though accused perpetrators of similar attacks in Iran have in the past received death sentences and executions.

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The statement by the Intelligence Ministry does not name the individual it says it has arrested but government-controlled media has named him as Jamshid Sharmahed. Iran later announced that it has executed the two men.

The country blamed the U.S. for hosting him.

Sharmahd last appeared in an online livestream video December 29, according to his group's website, speaking in Farsi while sitting in a black chair in front of a black background. "Because we have heard that once upon a time some people were living in the region who were able to build an empire".

While overshadowed by other exiled opposition groups, Iran reportedly brought up the Kingdom Assembly of Iran multiple times while negotiating the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, which saw Tehran limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

The Iranian foreign ministry said in a statement the U.S. "must be held accountable for backing this terrorist group and other groups and criminals responsible for sabotage, armed and terrorist operations [.] from within the United States and shedding the blood of Iranian citizens".

The supermarket, called Megasis, has been established with the objective of boosting the production and export of Iranian commodities.

Sharmahd's reported arrest comes as tensions remain inflamed by President Trump's 2018 decision to unilaterally withdraw America from the nuclear deal. Iran responded by launching a ballistic missile attack on United States soldiers in Iraq that injured dozens.

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