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Iran executes nuclear scientist who spied for U.S.

Iran’s government has executed a nuclear scientist who cooperated with U.S. intelligence, the country’s news official agency confirmed on Sunday.

The family of the scientist, Shahram Amiri, had told the BBC that his body had been brought back with rope marks that suggested he had been hanged. A report by IRNA quotes a spokesman for the Iranian judiciary, Gholamhosein Mohseni Ejehi, as confirming his execution on the grounds that Amiri had "provided the enemy with vital information of the country."
Amiri had been detained in Iran since 2010, a year after he went missing during a pilgrimage to Mecca and resurfaced in the United States.

In July 2010, he walked into the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, D.C., which houses an Iranian interests section, and said he wanted to return to Iran.

In a video message posted online, Amiri claimed he had been abducted while in Saudi Arabia and put under “intense psychological pressure to reveal sensitive information" by the CIA. “They took me to a house located somewhere that I didn't know,” he said. “They gave me an anaesthetic injection." READ MORE