Iranian scientist who died this weekend showed Rouhani around oil company - report

Dr. Ayub Entezari, who died over the weekend, reportedly showed former Iranian president Hassan Rouhani around a turbine factory in 2019.

 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reviews Iran's new nuclear achievements during Iran's National Nuclear Energy Day in Tehran, Iran April 10, 2021. (photo credit: IRANIAN PRESIDENCY OFFICE/WANA (WEST ASIA NEWS AGENCY)/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reviews Iran's new nuclear achievements during Iran's National Nuclear Energy Day in Tehran, Iran April 10, 2021.
(photo credit: IRANIAN PRESIDENCY OFFICE/WANA (WEST ASIA NEWS AGENCY)/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)

Iranian scientist Dr. Ayub Entezari, 35, who died on Saturday after reportedly suffering from food poisoning, met with former Iranian president Hassan Rouhani in 2019, Middle East analyst Jason Brodsky and Iranian Al-Arabia journalist Hiwa Molania claimed over the weekend. 

Entezari was an aerospace engineer who specialized in missiles and drones at Iran's Ghadir Industrial Turbines Company (GITCO). According to photos, he showed Rouhani around the company's turbine factory in the Yazd province in Iran.

 Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during the 33rd anniversary of the death of the leader of Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, at Khomeini's shrine in southern Tehran, Iran June 4, 2022.  (credit:  OFFICE OF THE IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER/WANA (WEST ASIAN NEWS AGENCY)/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS) Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during the 33rd anniversary of the death of the leader of Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, at Khomeini's shrine in southern Tehran, Iran June 4, 2022. (credit: OFFICE OF THE IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER/WANA (WEST ASIAN NEWS AGENCY)/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)

No one has yet claimed responsibility for his death, which was initially reported by Iranian media outlets. 

GITCO "specializes in the manufacturing of auxiliary and accessory systems, parts and components for turbines and compressors used in power generation plants and oil & gas industries," according to the company's website. It is currently owned by the Oil Turbo Compressor (OTC) Group and has over 300 employees. 

Entezari, a graduate of Iran's Sharif University of Technology, died two hours after arriving at a hospital to receive medical care. His condition grew worse after returning from dinner with a relative. According to Iranian reports, his host hasn't been seen since that night. 

Iranian authorities related to his death in different ways. 

The scientist was initially labeled a "martyr" on the official death certificate. The governor-general's office later corrected the label and called the original message a mistake, according to Kian Sharifi, a BBC journalist. 

Judicial authorities in Yazd called Entezari an "ordinary employee of an industrial industry," ostensibly underscoring the importance of his death. 

The judicial authorities also rejected the reports of food poisoning and said Entezari "died from a disease." 

What is a gas turbine?

A gas turbine, also known as a combustible turbine, heats air and fuel at high temperatures, creating a hot gas, which causes turbine blades to begin to spin. The spinning turbine is connected to a rod in a generator.

That generator slowly moves a magnet which is surrounded by copper wire, converting that energy into electricity, General Electric explained on its site. 

Background

Just last week, Iranian Quds Force officer Colonel Ali Esmailzadeh died under mysterious circumstances: he fell from the roof of his home in Karaj, close to Tehran. 

IRGC intelligence officers reportedly suspected information leaked from inside the organization led to Khodayari's assassination and were looking for potential informants inside the Quds Force's Unit 840.

His family was told by the IRGC that he killed himself due to "psychological problems caused by separation from his wife," with an alleged letter left by the colonel backing up that claim.

Esmailzadeh's death comes two weeks after the assassination of Colonel Hassan Sayad Khodayari in Tehran. 

Khodayari, deputy commander of Unit 840, was responsible for terrorist operations against Israeli and Western targets outside of Iran. A New York Times report claimed that Israel claimed responsibility for the assassination and informed the US as much. 

Jerusalem Post Staff contributed to this report.