- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 2, 2005

IRAN

Trial opens on nuclear spying

TEHRAN — The trial of a man suspected of spying on Iran’s nuclear program for the United States and Israel opened yesterday, the Iranian Students’ News Agency reported.

The trial began in the revolutionary court in Tehran, ISNA said, without naming the defendant.

Iran said late last year that it had arrested a dozen persons in 2004 on suspicion of spying on Iran’s nuclear program for U.S. and Israeli intelligence services.

IRAN

Judge assassinated after dissident trial

TEHRAN — An Iranian judge who sentenced several reformist dissidents to jail, including hunger striking reporter Akbar Ganji, was killed in his car by a lone gunman riding a motorcycle, a judiciary spokesman said yesterday.

Witnesses saw the passenger seat of the car drenched in blood and the driver’s window shattered by gunfire.

Tehran Police Chief Morteza Talaie said Judge Hassan Moghaddas had been killed by a lone assassin.

IRAQ

Kuwait accused of violating border

BAGHDAD — Iraqi members of parliament, in a lively televised debate yesterday on the 15th anniversary of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, blasted Kuwait for what they say is their neighbor’s repeated violation of Iraq’s southern border.

Kuwaitis have destroyed the sand berm marking the border between the two countries and “penetrated one kilometer inside Iraqi territory,” said Jawad al-Maliki, who heads the parliamentary committee in charge of defense and security.

ISRAEL

Sand bullet used for riot control

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military said it is changing riot control methods, replacing its potentially lethal rubber-coated steel pellets with compressed sand bullets.

Rubber bullets have killed dozens of Palestinians in the past two decades. The sand bullets originally were developed for close-quarter hostage rescues.

An Israeli human rights group praised the decision but said it was surprising the army had taken so long to find nonlethal means of dispersing Palestinian demonstrators.

ISRAEL

Cabdriver charged in suicide bombing

JERUSALEM — A Jewish Israeli taxi driver is to be indicted on manslaughter charges after driving a Palestinian suicide bomber to a site where he killed five Israelis, public radio said yesterday.

The Shin Bet internal security service also has arrested two Arab Israelis in connection with the July 13 attack in Netanya, which was carried out by the radical Palestinian movement Islamic Jihad.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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