By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Tuesday, 9 August 2016
Iran executed nuclear expert Shahram Amiri on August 3 under direct orders from supreme leader Ali Khamenei after holding him behind bars for seven years. This crime, reported by the Amiri family, comes at a time when the mullahs’ judiciary had sentenced him to ten years behind bars and five years in exile under the charge of having “connections with enemy states.”
Amiri, 38, was an expert of the Malek Ashtar Industrial University, linked to the Ministry of Defense. He went to the United States back in 2009 and apparently became a refugee. Iran claimed Amiri disappeared during a Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia and that the United States kidnapped him afterwards. Washington denied these claims and Hillary Clinton, then U.S. secretary of state, responded in saying Amiri went to the U.S. on his own will and after living there freely he was always free to depart the U.S. whenever he wished.
The mullahs’ regime kidnapped and placed pressure on Amiri’s family, parallel to deceptive measures and false promises, luring him to return to Iran in 2010. He was first welcomed as a “national hero” by senior ranking officials. Hassan Ghashghavi, Iran’s then deputy foreign minister, led a delegation at Tehran’s airport welcoming his return. However, down the road his family said Mr. Amiri was transferred to an undisclosed location after his return to Iran.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran issued a statement saying the Iranian regime is seeking to implement a climate of fear amongst the regime’s nuclear experts to prevent them from fleeing the country following the nuclear agreement with the international community. This is especially important for Tehran considering the fact that the mullahs are engulfed with widespread domestic and international crises, and with the spread of growing public dissent and unprecedented defection amongst its ranks and files.
Amiri was one of the regime’s prestigious nuclear experts and his executions comes at a time when prior to this Tehran had accused the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MeK) and Iranian Resistance of assassinating its nuclear experts, the NCRI statement adds.