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Motorcycle gunman kills prominent Iranian judge who tried Ganji case

[JURIST] Hassan Moghaddas, an Iranian judge who tried a highly-publicized case involving dissident journalist Akbar Ganji [Wikipedia profile; advocacy website], was killed in Tehran on Tuesday by a gunman on a motorcycle. Moghaddas was shot and killed in his car after leaving his central Tehran office, according to Iranian judiciary spokesman Jamal Karimirad. It was not immediately clear if a connection exists between the killing and the case of Ganji, imprisoned five years ago for linking senior Iranian officials to the murders of prominent intellectuals. Ganji has been on a hunger strike for 53 days [AFP report] protesting his sentence, and is said by relatives to be close to death. AP has more.

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