Kidnapped Iranian scientist turns up in Washington


Reuters
July 13, 2010

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An Iranian nuclear scientist missing for more than a year turned up in Washington on Tuesday, claiming to have been kidnapped but U.S. officials denied that they held him against his will or mistreated him.

Iran, which is locked in a standoff with the United States and other Western nations over its suspected pursuit of nuclear weapons, has repeatedly accused the CIA of abducting Shahram Amiri, who worked for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization.

Amiri, who vanished during a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia more than a year ago, mysteriously appeared at the Iranian interests section of Pakistan’s embassy.

“My kidnapping was a disgraceful act for America … I was under enormous psychological pressure and supervision of armed agents in the past 14 months,” Amiri, who is in his thirties, was quoted as saying in a phone interview with Iran’s state TV.

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