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Iran executes scientist who gave information to US

Shahram Amiri in 2010 on his return to Iran. Credit: Reuters

Iran has executed a nuclear scientist who gave the US intelligence about the country's contested nuclear program.

Gholamhosein Mohseni Ejehi, a spokesman for the Iranian judiciary, confirmed the execution of Shahram Amiri.

He told the official Iranian news agency IRNA that Mr Amiri "provided the enemy with vital information of the country".

This person [Shahram Amiri], who had access to the country's secret and classified information, was linked to our hostile and number one enemy, America - the Great Satan.

– Gholamhosein Mohseni Ejehi

Foreign media reports quoted Mr Amiri's mother saying that he had been hanged this week and a memorial service for him was held in Kermanshah, 310 miles south-west of Tehran.

In 2010 US officials said they paid Mr Amiri £3.82 million to defect and provide "significant" information about Iran's atomic program, but the scientist later fled the country without the money.

Mr Amiri was then welcomed home a hero, with Iranian officials touting his claim that he had been abducted by US agents while on a pilgrimage to holy sites in Saudi Arabia.

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