Iranian nuclear scientist linked to opposition is killed by bomb
Authorities blame 'triangle of Zionist regime, the US and their mercenaries'
Published 13/01/2010 | 05:00
An Iranian nuclear physicist with ties to the reformist movement led by Mir Hossein Moussavi, the opposition leader, was killed by a bomb near his home yesterday.
Dr Moussad Ali-Mohammadi was leaving his house for work at Tehran University when the bomb, attached to a motorcycle, went off, killing him instantly.
Iranian authorities blamed exiled opposition movements working on behalf of America and Israel, a charge denied by Washington.
They drew parallels with the disappearance of a scientist attached to the country's nuclear programme while on a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. The authorities said he was kidnapped and handed over to the Americans.
Dr Ali-Mohammadi's academic work was highly theoretical and the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency said he had no connection with it.
Opposition movement supporters said he was on a list of 240 academic backers of Mr Moussavi published before last year's disputed election.
Last spring, he attended the wedding of Mehdi Shirzad, whose father is a prominent member of the opposition Participation Front, and who was arrested last September. The front was active in Mr Moussavi's election campaign in June.
Dr Ali-Mohammadi is thought to have gone on to become more active, speaking out against the regime with students. According to one report he attended an anti-government rally.
"One can see in preliminary investigations signs of evilness by the triangle of the Zionist regime, America and their mercenaries in Iran in this terrorist incident," a foreign ministry spokesman said.
Investigators immediately pointed to his nuclear research work. "Given the fact that Massoud Ali-Mohammadi was a nuclear scientist, the CIA and Mossad services and agents are most likely have had a hand in it," Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, Tehran's chief prosecutor, said.
The US State Department spokesman described charges of US involvement as "absurd". (© Daily Telegraph, London)