Iran hangs nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri
An Iranian scientist accused of providing information on his country’s nuclear program to Tehran’s ‘number-one enemy’ has been executed for treason.
Shahram Amiri was charged with “spying for enemies of the Islamic Republic of Iran”, government spokesman Gholamhosein Mohseni-Ejei said.
“Amiri had access to confidential military secrets and was connected to our number-one enemy, the Great Satan,” Mohseni-Ejei said.
“He was sentenced to death in primary court and the sentence was confirmed by Supreme Court”, after Amiri appealed.
Mr Mohseni-Ejei said US officials had been unaware that Iran was monitoring Amiri’s efforts for the West.
“The CIA thought that its movements were kept away from the eye of Iranian Intelligence Ministry,” Mr Mohseni-Ejei said.
“They took Amiri to Saudi Arabia.”
Amiri, 38, disappeared while on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in 2009.
He re-emerged a year later in the US, claiming in a video that he had been abducted, interrogated, tortured and offered millions of dollars in bribes while under “intense psychological pressure” by the CIA.
He said he rejected the US effort to break him.
The US said in 2010 that Amiri had defected voluntarily and was paid millions of dollars for providing “useful information”.
A month later, Amiri went to the Iran interest section of the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, demanding to be sent home.
He received a hero’s welcome from family members and Iranian officials upon returning to Iran, but was arrested less than a year later.
Mr Mohseni-Ejei said Amiri’s family thought he was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2011, but Amiri actually had been sentenced to death.
Amiri’s mother said on Saturday that hier son’s body had been handed over with rope marks on his neck.
The recent release of emails sent by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on a private server while she served as secretary of state apparently include references to Amiri, the Associated Press reported.
An email forwarded to Ms Clinton by senior adviser Jake Sullivan on July 5, 2010, from Richard Morningstar, a former State Department special envoy for Eurasian energy, says, “Our friend has to be given a way out. … We should recognise his concerns and frame it in terms of a misunderstanding with no malevolent intent.”
Another email, sent on July 12, 2010, by Mr Sullivan, appears to refer to Amiri just before the story of his complicity became public.
“The gentleman … has apparently gone to his country’s interests section because he is unhappy with how much time it has taken to facilitate his departure” from the US, Mr Sullivan wrote.
“This could lead to problematic news stories in the next 24 hours.”
The US State Department, contacted on Sunday, declined to comment on the case.
very messy situation which may or may not have been affected by email leaks..
“He received a hero’s welcome from family members and Iranian officials upon returning to Iran, but was arrested less than a year later.”
he should have stayed where he was..