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Iranian university professor killed in an explosion

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January 12, 2010

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Safar-Ali Baraatlou, assistant security supervisor to the province of Tehran told the Iranian Student’s News Agency that one person was killed due to an explosion in the Ghaytariyeh section of Tehran. According to Baraatlou, at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, , a Tehran university professor of Particle Physics, was killed in an automobile explosion while attempting to start his car; he claimed that the explosion was as a result of a motorcycle rigged with explosives, that was parked right next to Ali-Mohammadi’s automobile and was exploded via a remote control. The supervisor of Tehran’s criminal investigation unit, Fakhreddin Jafarzadeh, said that the case is being considered to be homicide but so far the perpetrators have not been apprehended. No one else was injured but the force of the explosion is said to have shattered windows of the surrounding residences.

The Tehran coroner added: “The investigators who surveyed the crime scene released the body of the deceased to the medical examiner and the investigation into this incident has been handed over to the crime unit.”

On Tuesday afternoon various Islamic regime run media outlets began speculating and making accusations regarding the ‘assassination’ carried out against Ali-Mohammadi. Seda va Sima, the state-run TV network announced that, Ramin Mehman-Parast, director of the information and media relations of the Iranian foreign ministry declared that following the short investigation conducted by theregime, all indications pointed to this being a crime carried out by ‘hired agents’ of the U.S. and Israel and that this was a ‘signature’ act. He added: “Rubbing out our nuclear scientists will not deter us from obtaining nuclear technology and if anything, it will strengthen our zeal to accelerate.”

The Islamic regime-run news agency Fars reported that Seyed Mohammad- Kazem Manzour’ol-Ajdaad, an individual claiming to have been a student of Ali-Mohammadi, claimed: “Dr. Ali-Mohammadi worked with the Revolutionary Guards from the beginning of the Iran-Iraq War until 2003; he was a strong supporter of the .”

The Basiji militia who also issued a statement on Mehr News, claiming that the slain professor was a devoted colleague and condemning his assassination, touted him as a martyr.

In other reports the Islamic regime has now begun to also promote the propaganda that this could also be the work of other Iranian opposition members such as the (also known as MEK, MKO, PMOI or National Council of Resistance) or a branch of the Anjoman’eh Padehshahi’yeh Iran or (not to be

Royalist Association of Iran instruction page on making remote operated bombs

Takavaran'eh Tondar alleged website ; instruction page on making remote operated bombs

confused with Constitutional Monarchist Association) both of which have been known to have organized supporters who have held active demonstrations against the Islamic regime throughout Europe and the U.S.

The Royalist Organization of Iran was established in London by a former by activist and film director Foroud Fouladvand, a native of the province of Lorestan. The group which does not support the son of the late Shah, Reza Pahlavi, is known for it’s devotion to the Persian identity and the eminence of the Persian empire. Fouladvand ran his own small television channel that was popular among many Iranians throughout the world and was known for spending long hours in front of the camera speaking out against the Islamic regime. Fouladvand who disappeared under suspicious circumstances while on a trip to Turkey, near the Iran border, in 2007 is said to have traveled there in order to meet with a group of supporters who were devising . Amnesty International gives an account .

The original London-based Royalist Association has said that both web sites, or Thunder and or Couriers of Thunder, are in fact run by the Ministry of Intelligence and Secrutiy. Takavaran’eh Tondar’s web site is a site that incites  and encourages armed resistance with videos of violent protesters and pages dedicating to teaching the building of remote controlled bombs. (A seen in the above photo).  It is a statement issued on this site which claims responsibility for Ali-Mohammadi’s assassination (below photo).

There are also far fetched allegations that elements from the Leftist organizations may be involved and finally another scenario that the Islamic regime is quietly floating is that Neda Agha-Soltan’s fiancee, Caspian Makan who is currently living in the UK may be responsible.

Activists in Iran report that as of two months ago Ali-Mohammadi began to come under suspicion by the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and had started taking steps to leave the country. Ali-Mohammadi who resigned from the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency three months ago was planning to immigrate to Europe. There are rumors among Iranian opposition intelligentsia that not only was this a crime perpetrated by the regime itself but that it was done as a means of creating fear among other nuclear scientists in Iran who would consider such a move. Ali-Mohammadi is said to have been a Green supporter and was among the first professors at Tehran university who protested against the fraudulent June election and had been very vocal about voicing his opposition toward Khamenei, Ahmadinejad and the Islamic regime in general. Ali-Mohammadi was among the 420 university professors who signed the letter supporting Mir-Hossein Mousavi prior to the June election.

According to several of Ali-Mohammadi‘s students, he was very close to the Iranian literary icon, Dr. Mohammad-Reza Shafiei-Kadkani who left Iran for good in August in order to take up a prominent research position at Princeton university where he had been teaching on and off over the recent decades.

Late update: In one of the pictures taken at the scene Abu Nasser Hossein, assistant to Manif Ashmar is identified (below photo). The two had originally been identified during the post-election protests in June. Hossein Monif Ashmar is the younger brother of two of the infamous members of the Lebanese Hezbollah, Ali Monif Ashmar and Mohammad Ashmar, who had lived in Iran and who were killed. Ashmar and Abu Nasser are said to work hand in hand with the revolutionary guards in Tehran and are the representatives of Lebanese Hezbollah in Iran. Their offices are located on Vali Asr Avenue, #14 Hafez Street. The presence of Lebanese Hezbollah among the plainclothes agents of the regime during the recent protests became evident as the two men have been repeatedly photographed among the Basiji plainclothes agents of suppression against protesters. Although this explosion is claimed to be plotted by terrorists opposing the revolution and the regime, presence of Hezbolah terrorists on the scene suggests the opposite. Typically, this explosion resembles the many of its kind that have been implemented by the Hezbolah in southern Lebanon.


Below: A video from Al Jazeera

Below: A video of the scene of the explosion moments after it occured

Below: A video report in Persian, with graphic images

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