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Mother of executed Iranian scientist speaks

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> Before he was executed last week by Iran, nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri was a footnote to the ongoing controversy over Iran's nuclear program. But, Yeganeh Torbati says an interview with a family member reveals that there may be more to the story.>> Reuters interviewed the mother of Shahram Amiri, who was a nuclear scientist, who surfaced in the United States in 2010 in this bizarre spy intrigue tale.
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He alternatively claimed that he had been kidnapped by US intelligence forces and also that he was in the United States actually voluntarily. Eventually he returned to Iran and he was arrested and tried for espionage. So his mother gave us a little bit more information about who Shahram Amiri actually was.
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She also discussed what she felt were some unfair aspects of the trial, mainly being the secrecy of the trial itself and the quality of his legal representation.>> Marzieh Amiri told Reuters her son should have received a public trial, and quote, I am angry with extremist security forces who are on his case, trying to prove he was a spy and who maybe forced him to confess things he hadn't done.
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Amiri's story is confusing due to his appearances in a series of videos giving contradicting accounts of how he came to be in the United States.>> We know what US officials have told us, which is that Shahram Amiri did provide some information on Iran's nuclear program to the United States, that he was resettled voluntarily, of his own free will in the United States but that he missed his family and specifically his young son far too much and wanted to return.
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He voluntarily went to the Iranian Interests Section in Washington, DCand eventually returned to Iran of his own accord.>> I was abducted.>> What we also know is that when he arrived in Iran, he repeated his claims of being kidnapped but that eventually, Iranian officials detained him and accused him in a trial of committing espionage against his country.
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>> His mother telling Reuters that before his execution, Amiri told her he had done nothing wrong and his conscience was clear.