Iran Executed Nuclear Scientist that Collaborated with US
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Aug 08, 2016,
Aug 08, 2016, 2:28
An Iranian nuclear scientist caught up in a real-life USA spy mystery who later returned to his homeland and disappeared has reportedly been executed under similarly mysterious circumstances.
Amiri disappeared in Saudi Arabia in 2009 and resurfaced a year later in the US, where he claimed to have been abducted and interrogated by the Central Intelligence Agency.
In interviews, Amiri described being kidnapped and held against his will by Saudi and American spies, while USA officials said he was to receive millions of dollars for his help in understanding Iran's contested nuclear program. When he returned in 2010, he was welcomed with flowers by government leaders and even went on the Iranian talk-show circuit.
Mr Ejehi did not explain why authorities never announced Mr Amiri's conviction or his failed appeals court bid, but he said the scientist had access to lawyers. Ejehi said Amiri's family mistakenly believed he only received a 10-year prison sentence.
The announcement comes after Tehran reacted angrily to criticism of the country's recent executions of up to 20 people, which UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein described as "a grave injustice" and said followed "the application of overly broad and vague criminal charges, coupled with a disdain for the rights of the accused to due process and a fair trial". The news comes almost a year after Iran agreed to a US-led treaty created to end its nuclear weapons program.
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Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri holds his son Amir Hossein as he arrives at the Imam Khomini airport in Tehran July 15, 2010. If he fled Iran voluntarily, was it to divulge the country's nuclear secrets or, as Iran once claimed, to act as a double-agent on behalf of the Ayatollah's regime?
Amiri was a researcher who Iranian officials said had worked on its nuclear program.
Hillary Clinton, then-U.S. secretary of state, stressed Amiri had been in America "of his own free will".
Another email, sent by Sullivan on July 12, 2010, appears to obliquely refer to the scientist just hours before his appearance at the Pakistani Embassy became widely known.