An Iranian governor was slapped in the face during a public speech last week in Hamadan, the Iranian-German news site GrabNews reported.
Gholam Hossein Karoubi, governor of the southwestern province of West Azarbaijan, was delivering a speech by radio telescope (Ktt) 6/7 (C) about space technology in the Hamadan agricultural center when an unknown man ran up and slapped him, Sohrab Hosseini, the father of the accused, told GrabNews.
Karoubi didn’t seem to feel the insult, Hosseini said, and asked other locals about it. Later, he said he heard a witness saying it was the brother of a woman.
“We had a discussion with that person, who said that this was the brother of a woman who used to work at this event and now works in another part of the agricultural center in Hamadan,” Hosseini added.
The incident was reportedly referred to Hamadan police, but so far no arrests have been made.
Hosseini also said no one knows what was said during the alleged attack, but that his son was beaten about the head and made to stand in line as a woman walked by and slapped him in the face.
Hosseini said the brother he heard claiming to be the attacker didn’t respond to his questions about the incident until he returned with a fistful of cash and also someone who, the brother told Hosseini, came to the home of his mother as a request for assistance.
Hosseini said he was later told by police that no further action is necessary because the brother was reported, but declined to confirm if the attacker was in custody.