Nuclear scientist executed for spying
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. –
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves to a rally in Yenikapi, Istanbul, on August 7 against the failed coup.
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.