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Ex-Agent Tells of Role in Iranian Dissidents’ Deaths

Associated Press

A former Iranian intelligence agent said Saturday that he participated in the 1998 killings of dissident writers and intellectuals, state-run television reported.

Seyyed Mostafa Kazemi, the first of 17 defendants to testify, said during the closed court session that he had a role in ordering the killings, Iranian TV reported without providing any details.

Early last year, the Intelligence Ministry admitted that “rogue agents” had carried out killings of dissidents, a revelation that led to the intelligence minister’s resignation.

The trial of the 17 people, including an unspecified number of former intelligence agents, opened Dec. 23 in a military court.

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