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Sun Aug 7, 2016, 04:39 PM

Iran executes nuclear scientist for spying for U.S.

Source: Reuters

Iran has executed an Iranian nuclear scientist 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.

Amiri, a university researcher working for Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, 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.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-scientist-idUSKCN10I0ES

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Sun Aug 7, 2016, 04:46 PM

1. Poor guy defected without getting his family out.

$5mm doesn't seem so great when the IRG is threatening to torture your loved ones.

It reminds me of the scene at the end of Man on Fire. Denzel knew he traded his life for that of someone he loved. This guy had to do the same thing by going back.

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Sun Aug 7, 2016, 05:32 PM

2. My guess would be that he was executed for not spying on behalf of Iran.

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Sun Aug 7, 2016, 10:36 PM

3. Horrible and very upsetting

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