Iranian scientist on way home to Teheran

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
July 14, 2010 13:50

TEHRAN, Iran - An Iranian scientist was on his way home to Teheran on Wednesday from the United States.

Iran's Foreign Ministry said the scientist, Shahram Amiri, was on a flight home, traveling through the Gulf nation of Qatar and was expected to arrive in Teheran on Thursday.

Iran — and at one point, Amiri — claimed the CIA had kidnapped him; the United States denied this allegation on Tuesday. Amiri disappeared while on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in June 2009, surfacing in videos but otherwise remaining out of sight until he turned up at the Pakistani Embassy in Washington on Monday evening, asking to be sent home.

His disappearance preceded the revelation of a second uranium enrichment facility that Iran has been building near the city of Qom, raising speculation that Amiri may have given the West information on it or other parts of the nuclear program.


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