Report: Iran jails nuke scientist after US return

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January 3, 2011 18:13

 
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An Iranian nuclear scientist who claimed he slipped away from his CIA captors has not been seen publicly since his heroic return to Teheran last year and could be facing an investigation as a possible turncoat, according to an opposition website.

The report on the website Iranbriefing.net says that Shahram Amiri is now being held in a Teheran prison, where he allegedly has faced beatings so severe that he had to be hospitalized for a week.

The website's account could not be verified, but it purports to offer the first details on Amiri's fate since he surfaced in the United States six months ago amid an array of contradictory stories between Teheran and Washington.

Amiri's return to Teheran in July was portrayed by Iranian authorities as a propaganda coup.

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