Nu­clear sci­en­tist ex­e­cuted for spy­ing

The Myanmar Times - - World -

IRAN has ex­e­cuted a nu­clear sci­en­tist con­victed of hand­ing over “con­fi­den­tial and vi­tal” in­for­ma­tion to the United States, a ju­di­cial spokesper­son an­nounced.

“Shahram Amiri was hanged for re­veal­ing the coun­try’s top se­crets to the en­emy,” Gho­lamhos­sein Mohseni Ejeie told re­porters in Tehran on Aug 7.

Mr Amiri, 39, dis­ap­peared in Saudi Ara­bia in June 2009 and resur­faced a year later in the US.

Con­flict­ing ac­counts said he had ei­ther been ab­ducted or had de­fected at a time when in­ter­na­tional ten­sions over Iran’s nu­clear pro­gram were at their peak.

In a sur­prise move, Mr Amiri then re­turned to Iran in July 2010, say­ing he had been kid­napped at gun­point by two Farsi-speak­ing CIA agents in the Saudi city of Me­d­ina.

At first he was greeted as a hero, telling re­porters as he stepped off the plane at Tehran air­port that he had re­sisted pres­sure from his US cap­tors to pre­tend he was a de­fec­tor.

He de­nied he was a nu­clear sci­en­tist and said Amer­i­can of­fi­cials wanted him to tell the me­dia he had “de­fected on his own and was car­ry­ing im­por­tant doc­u­ments and a lap­top which con­tained clas­si­fied se­crets of Iran’s mil­i­tary nu­clear pro­gram”.

“But with God’s will, I re­sisted,” Mr Amiri said then as he was wel­comed home by his tear­ful wife and young son.

How­ever, it was soon clear that Ira­nian au­thor­i­ties had not ac­cepted this ver­sion of events and Mr Amiri dropped out of public view. His ar­rest was never of­fi­cially re­ported.

Iran’s ju­di­cial spokesper­son said on Au­gust 7 that its in­tel­li­gence ser­vices had “out­smarted” the US. –

Photo: AFP

Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan waves to a rally in Yenikapi, Is­tan­bul, on Au­gust 7 against the failed coup.

Photo: AFP

Ira­nian nu­clear sci­en­tist Shahram Amiri ad­dresses jour­nal­ists on July 15, 2010, at Imam Khome­ini Air­port in Tehran. He was ex­e­cuted ear­lier this week on Au­gust 7.

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