Iran ‘executes’ nuclear scientist who claimed he was abducted by the CIA
Harry Cockburn, Independent, Aug 7 2016
An Iranian nuclear scientist who returned to Iran from Pindostan in 2010 after claiming he had been abducted by the CIA has been executed, his family has claimed. Shahram Amiri’s body was returned to his family five years after he was purportedly arrested in Iran for treason. Amiri initially went missing in 2009 while on a pilgrimage to Mecca. A year later, videos apparently made in Pindostan surfaced, in which Amiri claimed he had been kidnapped and held in a house where he was put under “intense psychological pressure to reveal sensitive information.” In another video he claimed he had escaped from Pindo custody. He subsequently arrived at the Iranian embassy in Washington, and upon his return to Iran was hailed as a hero. But at the time, Pindo officials told the BBC that Amiri, a specialist in radiation safety, had defected to Pindostan of his own free will, and had provided “useful information” to Pindostan. In May 2011, Iranian media abruptly stopped covering news about Amiri and plans for a film about his alleged kidnapping were scrapped. He was then arrested in Iran and was reportedly tried for treason. His fate remained unknown until Saturday when his family said he had been executed and his body returned with rope marks round his neck indicating he had been hanged, the BBC reports.