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#Kidnap Claim

# kidnap-claim - Thursday 28 July, 2011

Man arrested over attempted kidnapping of girl

The teenage girl reported last week that a man had tried to pull her into his car-van as she cycled along a country road in Offaly.

# kidnap-claim - Thursday 15 July, 2010

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:

# kidnap-claim - Wednesday 14 July, 2010

AN IRANIAN nuclear scientist who claims that he was abducted by the CIA is on his way back to Iran.

Shahram Amiri is first flying to Qatar and will arrive in Tehran on Thursday.

Amiri disappeared while on a religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in 2009. He came to the attention of the international community when he appeared in a video, claiming he had been kidnapped by the CIA.

Two more videos were subsequently released; the second shows Amiri denying he had been kidnapped and the third shows him renewing his accusation against the CIA.

The White House denies that Amiri was captured by the agency.

Hassan Ghashghavi, Iran’s deputy foreign minister, said that the Islamic Republic has the right to sue the US  for “damages” caused by Amiri’s ill treatment.

In an interview on the national Iranian news channel, Amiri said he was abducted by three Persian-speaking men as he traveled to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, reports the Tehran Times.

Mohammad Karami Raad, a member of Iran’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, told Fars News Agency that the abduction of Amiri was an instance of state-sponsored-terrorism by the US.

The US has said that Amiri was a nuclear scientist who deflected and provided valuable information regarding Iran’s nuclear programme. Amiri claims that US interrogators forced a confession from him.