Iran's Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi said today that the slain Daryoush Rezaienejad was a 35-year old graduate student who had no links to the country’s nuclear program or the defense ministry. Moslehi also said the method of his assassination did not necessarily indicate foreign intelligence involvement.
“The assassinated student was not involved in nuclear projects and had no connection to the nuclear issue,” Moslehi said. “He (Rezaienejad) was a student who was martyred and it is not clear whether a foreign intelligence agency was involved in his assassination or not,” he added. [ISNA, 24 July].
Yesterday, major Iranian news agencies, including ISNA, Mehr and Fars, said the slain scientist was a nuclear physicist with links to nuclear and defense establishment. Today, Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said the assassination of the scientist was the work of US and Israeli intelligence. Now the minister of intelligence is denying all these reports.