Iran submits 'evidence' scientist abducted by CIA

Iranian officials have long maintained that Amiri was kidnapped by US agents from Saudi Arabia last year.

Iran submits 'evidence' scientist abducted by CIA

Iran has submitted "evidence" to the Swiss embassy that its nuclear scientist was abducted by US intelligence agents, the English language Press TV website reported on Sunday.

"The evidence related to the abduction of Shahram Amiri by the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) has been handed over to the Swiss embassy in Tehran" foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanaparast was quoted as saying.

The Swiss embassy manages US interests in Iran since Washington and Tehran have no diplomatic ties.

"We expect that based on the US administration's obligations... the US authorities will announce the results of their investigation regarding this Iranian national," Mehmanaparast said.

Iranian officials have long maintained that Amiri was kidnapped by US agents from Saudi Arabia last year.

On June 29, Iranian television had screened a video of a man claiming to be Amiri and saying that he had managed to escape from the hands of US intelligence agents in Virginia.

"The serious demand of Shahram Amiri's family, along with public opinion in Iran, is to hand our countryman over to the embrace of his family and the Iranian society as soon as possible," Mehmanparast said.

In March, ABC news said Amiri had defected to the United States and was working for the CIA. The U.S. spy agency declined to comment at the time but Washington officials have denied he was abducted by U.S. agents.

Over the last month, conflicting video evidence has appeared on the Internet, showing a man claiming to be Amiri.

In the first video to emerge, broadcast on Iranian TV, a man says he was abducted and was being held in the United States.

He says he was forced to take part in a media interview "to claim that I was an important figure in Iran's nuclear programme and that I had sought asylum in America of my own free will".

In a second video, a man also purporting to be Amiri says he was actually studying in the United States.

In a third video, which emerged at the end of June, the man says he has fled from U.S. agents and is in hiding. He rejects the second Internet footage as a "a sheer lie" and urges human rights groups to help him return to Iran.

The man in all the videos looks similar to photographs of Amiri that have appeared previously in Iranian media, although none of them could be independently verified by Reuters.


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Temmuz 2010, 11:12

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