The assassination of the Iranian physics professor outside his home in northern Tehran today and the government’s handling of the bomb attack are creating more questions than answers.
1. Dr. Masoud Alimohammadi was a professor of elementary particle physics at the University of Tehran (specializing in particle and theoretical physics). There are no indications that he was a nuclear scientist, as announced by the government.
2. AP is reporting that a spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO), Ali Shirzadian, has said that Dr. Alimohammadi had no links to the agency. IAEO is the agency responsible for Iran’s nuclear program (at least the civilian side of it).
3. The photos taken after the bombing indicate potmarks concentrated on the gate of Alimohammadi’s house. Some people posting comments on this blog have questioned that the device was an IED, tending to identify it as a military anti-personnel mine with directional blast. Others point out that the damage done in that large of an area is too much to be from anti-personnel device; with the damage showing the precise location where the bomb was placed.
4. The over-hasty cleaning operation of the crime scene, even as police investigators and plainclothes security personnel were still at the scene, raises questions on government’s ability or willingness to identify the real killers.
Dr. Masoud Alimohammadi was an early supporter of the Green opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi. He was among the 400 concerned scientists that had signed an open letter in support of Mousavi.