Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Iran accuses the USA and Israel of assassinating and kidnapping scientists

Iran's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that it has found traces of US and Israel's involvement in the assassination of an Iranian nuclear physics scientist. "Primary investigations into the assassination revealed signs of the involvement of the Zionist regime [Israel], the US and their allies in Iran," spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast said. Professor Massoud Ali-Mohammadi, a lecturer at Tehran University, was killed by a booby-trapped motorbike blast in the Iranian capital earlier in the day.

Very creatively, the BBC's report added that "There was also confusion as to whether the attack had any political overtones. One university official said Mr Mohammadi was not a political figure. But other reports said his name appeared on a list of academics backing opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi before the 2009 presidential election" thereby hinting that the Iranian government had decided to blow-up one of its own nuclear scientists.

It might be useful to remember that Iran has recenlty accused Saudi Arabia of kidnapping one of its nuclear scientists and handing him over to Uncle Sam.