LONDON, Feb. 1 -- A former presidential candidate in Iran has been condemned to death for murder, the official Islamic Republic News Agency said Thursday. A Tehran court sentenced Jalaleddin Farsi to death for killing a farmer in the village of Teleqan, northwest of the capital, during an argument, the agency said in a report monitored by the British Broadcasting Corp. in London.
Quoting the Akhbar newspaper of Tehran, the agency said Farsi had 20 days to appeal to Iran's Supreme Court. The agency did not say when the killing took place, but Iranian sources in London told United Press International it occurred about three years ago and was not a political matter. Farsi ran as a Muslim fundamentalist candidate in the 1980 presidential election, which was won by the moderate Abolhassan Bani- Sadr, who is now in exile. Farsi later served as member of the parliament.