Weekly Current Affairs

Tehran hangs nuclear scientist who ‘spied’ for US [IR, Security]

  • Iran has executed a nuclear scientist convicted of handing over “confidential and vital” information to the United States.
  • Shahram Amiri disappeared in Saudi Arabia in 2009 and resurfaced later in US.
  • Conflicting accounts said he had either been abducted or had defected when international tensions over Iran’s nuclear programme were at their peak.
  • Mr. Amiri then returned to Tehran in July 2010, saying he had been kidnapped at gunpoint by two Farsi-speaking CIA agents in the Saudi city of Medina.
  • Mr. Amiri was convicted of spying charges in a death sentence case upheld by an appeals court.