Shahram Amiri, the Iranian nuclear scientist who disappeared from Iran in 2009, later on claiming that he was kidnapped, tortured and bribed to cooperate with the CIA on revealing Iranian nuclear secrets was covertly executed in Iran.
Marziyeh Amiri, Shahram’s mother has confirmed the execution on 6 Aug, speaking to a number Persian media. She says her son was executed on 3 Aug at an undisclosed location.
Amiri’s mother confirms that she has identified her son’s body with visible ligature mark around his neck indicating that he was hung.
Iranian authorities have not yet confirmed this news.
In 2010 Amiri first claimed that he went to the United States to continue his education in physics. Later he claimed that in the spring of 2009, he was on a pilgrimage to Muslim holy sites in Saudi Arabia when CIA kidnapped him.
In July 2010, Shahram Amiri went to the Iran interests section of the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington DC asking for help. He wanted to return to Tehran and claimed that he was being kept against his will.
US sources have confirmed that he has cooperated with the CIA but have maintained that Amiri was never kept against his will.
According to the US officials, Amiri “wanted out of Iran” but later on changed his mind.
Upon his return to Iran Amiri received a hero’s welcome. He then appeared on a number of state television programs and maintained that he was kidnapped by CIA while in Saudi soil.
Amiri’s family is saying that for four month after return to Iran, Mr. Amiri was held in a safe house and his family visited him at a public venue in northern Tehran two time.
After that Amiri was transferred to solitary confinement with no news on possible charges that were brought against him.
According to Amiri’s mother he was never sentenced to the death penalty but was charged with espionage related offences and sentenced to 10 years in prison.