Men who bombed Iranian mosque sentenced to death

Iran's Revolutionary Court has convicted three men of involvement in a bombing inside a packed mosque that killed 14 people in April and sentenced them to be hanged publicly near the scene of the attack. The court said Saturday it also found the three men guilty of having links to the United States with orders to destabilize Iran through a campaign of bombings and assassinations. It said they had confessed. "The accused, who stood trial November 22, were sentenced to be hanged. Given the depth of the tragedy in the terrorist operation, it is necessary to carry out the verdicts in public next to the venue of the mosque," the court statement said, without giving the date of the ruling. It said the three defendants had also confessed to membership in the Iran Royal Association, a little known monarchist group that, according to the court statement, is seeking to overthrow the ruling Islamic establishment and planning to bomb other places in Iran.