Iran probes slapping of provincial governor

Iran opened a criminal investigation Saturday into an assault against East Azerbaijan province’s new governor, a former brigadier in the Revolutionary Guards, during his inauguration ceremony, state media reported Saturday.

Video of the assault circulated on social media, showing a man running on stage and slapping Governor Abedin Khoram just as he was about to deliver a speech in the presence of Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi.

Stewards then threw the attacker out of the meeting hall.

IRNA said it was the 55-year-old’s first public appearance since his appointment as governor by ultraconservative President Ebrahim Raisi last Sunday.

“According to some sources, the attacker was an employee of the (Guards’) Ashura Corps with personal motives,” it said