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Iranian scientist says US interrogated him for 'secrets'

The plot thickens.

Shahram Amiri, an Iranian nuclear scientist who disappeared a year ago, attends a news briefing while holding his 7-year-old son Amir Hossein. Photo: PA

AN IRANIAN scientist who claims he was abducted by the US, said he was interrogated by US agents for 14 months about Iran’s nuclear programme. Shahram Amiri, 32, arrived back in Tehran today and was met at the airport by relatives and friends.

In a press conference after his arrival, he said he was controlled by armed CIA agents and threatened repeatedly. The US has denied all of the allegations. Iran denies that Shahram Amiri is a nuclear scientist.

His wife said she didn’t know whether he was dead or alive until Iranian state TV broadcast video messages from Mr Amiri, alleging he had been taken by US agents during a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. On the same day, a contradictory message attributed to him said he was in the US to continue his education:

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