Iran confirms nuclear scientist executed for spying for US

Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri was executed for passing information to the United States, officials in Tehran confirmed Sunday.

"Amiri forwarded important secret information to our nemisis and Great Satan," judiciary spokesman Hgolam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei said, according to the country's official IRNA news agency.

He was hanged on Wednesday in Tehran, the spokesman said, confirming earlier reports at the weekend about the 39-year-old's execution.

Amiri had been a controversial figure for some time. Some reports called him a whistleblower who had left Iran for the United States in 2009 and divulged information on Iran's nuclear programme.

Other reports alleged that Amiri had been kidnapped by the CIA in Saudi Arabia, taken to the US and forced to talk.

The United States repeatedly rejected allegations that the nuclear scientist had been held against his will.

Amiri was allowed to return to Iran in 2010, where he was initially celebrated as a national hero.

He was later arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison for espionage. Officials then accused him of continuing to provide information to the United States and the death penalty was later imposed by the Supreme Court.

Last update: Sun, 07/08/2016 - 14:07

More from World

At least 4 dead in Libyan attack on refugee boat, rescue group says

An attack on Friday by the Libyan coastguard on a boat carrying around 150 refugees has caused "many" deaths,...

UN report blames Congo authorities for 48 deaths at recent protests

Congo's security forces killed at least 48 people during three days of protests in September in Kinshasa, a UN...

Security forces kill Islamist militant, free three hostages in Kirkuk

Kurdish security forces on Friday killed an Islamic State militant and freed three hostages in Kirkuk, Iraq, as...

Bombardier announces 7,500 job cuts as part of restructuring

Canadian aircraft and train manufacturer Bombardier will cut a further 7,500 jobs as part of its ongoing...

Singapore Speakers' Corner rules seen as threat to popular LGBT rally

Foreign entities including companies and non-governmental organizations will have to apply for a permit to fund or...