Posted on August 7, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Kurdistan
Iranian Kurdish nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri speaks to the press after arriving in Tehran on July 15, 2010. Photo: Reuters
TEHRAN,— Iran has executed an Iranian Kurdish nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri detained in 2010 when he returned home from the United States, after a court convicted him of spying for Washington, a spokesman for the judiciary said on Sunday.
“Through his connection with the United States, (Shahram) Amiri gave vital information about the country to the enemy,” Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei told a weekly news conference, state news agency IRNA reported.
Mohseni Ejei said a court had sentenced Amiri to death and the sentence had been upheld by Iran’s Supreme court, IRNA said.
Shahram Amiri was a Kurdish nuclear researcher at Malek Ashtar University of Technology in Tehran and he was working for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization.
Amiri’s family announced they received his body last Wednesday and buried him in his hometown of Kermashan in Iranian Kurdistan.
Shahram Amiri’s mother said the body of her son with rope marks around his neck, showing that he had been hanged.
Amiri, who was born in 1977, disappeared during a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in 2009, and later surfaced in the United States. But he returned to Iran in 2010 and received a hero’s welcome before being arrested.
A U.S. official said in 2010 that Washington had received “useful information” from Amiri.
Iran had accused the CIA of kidnapping Amiri. U.S. officials said Amiri had been free to come and go as he pleased, and that he may have returned because of pressures on his family in Iran.
Amiri had denied this, saying “my family had no problems”. In a video aired by Iranian state TV in 2010, Amiri said he had fled from U.S. agents.
Iran, the United States and five other world powers reached a landmark deal last year, under which Iran agreed to limit its nuclear program in such a way as to ensure it cannot develop nuclear weapons in exchange for a lifting of economic sanctions.
Timeline of a disappearance
May or June 2009 – Shahram Amiri disappears after going on pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
June 2010: emergence of videos apparently recorded in the US where a man alleged to be Amiri says he has been kidnapped and put under pressure to co-operate with the CIA
13 July 2010: Amiri reappears in Washington DC at the Iranian interests section of Pakistan’s embassy, seeking to return to Iran.
15 July 2010: Amiri resurfaces in Iran where he is welcomed by officials and family members.
May 2011: Amiri is arrested and reportedly tried for treason.
August 2016: Amiri’s family announces he has been executed, apparently by hanging.