Iran has confirmed it has executed a nuclear scientist believed to have revealed secrets to the US.
Shahram Amiri’s mother told the BBC her son’s body had been returned to his hometown, and he had rope marks around his neck.
He claimed to have been forcibly taken by the CIA after he disappeared while in Saudi Arabia while on a pilgrimage to Mecca in 2009.
But the US said he was a willing defector, and said he had given ‘valuable information’ about Iran’s nuclear programme.
Amiri, who was born in 1977, was arrested shortly after he returned to Iran in 2010, amid reports of threats to his family.
He was given a hero’s welcome when he returned to Tehran in 2010, but vanished soon after. It is understood he has been detained by the Iranian government ever since.
Today the official IRNA news agency quoted a spokesman for Iran’s judiciary, Gholamhosein Mohseni Ejehi, who confirmed the nuclear scientist had been executed.
He said Amiri’s initial death sentence had been reviewed by an appeal court and that he had access to a lawyer.
Amiri’s death follows the execution of 20 Kurdish Sunni activists.
They were hanged on Tuesday in Iran’s Rajayi prison in Tehran.