Iran: We Executed Nuke Scientist Who Spied for US
Shahram Amiri had turned up in US, was returned to Iran in 2010
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 7, 2016 6:33 AM CDT
In this July 15, 2010 file photo, Shahram Amiri, an Iranian nuclear scientist, greets his son, Amir Hossein, after returning from the United States. Amiri has reportedly been executed.   (Vahid Salemi)
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(Newser) – Iran has executed a nuclear scientist who gave the US intelligence about the country's contested nuclear program, Iran's official news agency, IRNA, is confirming. The Sunday report quotes a spokesman for the Iranian judiciary, Gholamhosein Mohseni Ejehi, as confirming the execution of Shahram Amiri. He says Amiri "provided the enemy with vital information of the country." US officials in 2010 said they paid Amiri some $5 million to defect and provide "significant" information about Iran's atomic program. But Amiri later fled the US without the money, reports the AP.

Iranian officials previously touted Amiri's claim he had been abducted by US agents while on a pilgrimage to holy sites in Saudi Arabia. They welcomed him home in 2010 as a hero. Earlier foreign media reports cited Amiri's mother saying her son had been executed by Iran. More on Amiri's saga here.