Iran executes nuclear scientist for ‘spying’ for the US

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It was announced by a judicial spokesman on Sunday that Iranian Shahram Amiri was hanged for revealing “confidential and vital” information about the country’s nuclear programme with the CIA. "Shahram Amiri was hanged for revealing the country's top secrets to the enemy," Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie told reporters in Tehran.

39 year old Amiri briefly vanished in June 2009 and then reappeared in 2010, in the United States. It was common thought that he had either been abducted or abandoned Iran due to the tensions over the country’s nuclear programme.

In July 2010, Amiri surprised his friends and family by returning to Tehran and he claimed that Farsi-speaking CIA agents had kidnapped him at gunpoint in Medina, Saudi Arabia. He was greeted on his return by floods of people, who deemed him a hero for resisting pressure from the US kidnappers.

"This person, having access to confidential and highly confidential information of the regime, had established a connection to our number one enemy, America, and had provided the enemy with Iran's confidential and vital information," he said.

According to The Supreme Court, not only was Amiri willingly sharing vital nuclear programme information with the US, he would not repent and compensate for his past and it was thought he was continuing to release information from inside prison.

Hillary Clinton had said “Mr Amiri has been in the United States of his own free will” and that “he’s free to go, he was free to come, these decisions are his alone to make”. Following the revelations of Clinton’s emails last year, it became apparent that number of emails had been sent to Clinton by one senior official, which contained proof that Amiri was spying.

Ali Vaez, senior Iran analyst at the International Crisis Group said, “Be it for his own mistakes or for falling prey to dark arts of western intelligence, Amiri was a victim of the nuclear standoff and its viciousness,”

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