Iran Scientist Surfaces at Embassy

July 14, 2010 Updated: March 1, 2012

Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri turned himself in to the Pakistan Embassy in Washington, on Monday. Iran alleged Amiri was abducted in June 2009 by CIA agents while on the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. The United States denies it abducted Amiri.

Amiri was an employee of Iran’s Malek Ashtar University, which has links to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. On June 7, two videos surfaced, both of men claiming to be Amiri.

A video released by Iran, “Amiri” said he was in captivity in Arizona where he was undergoing torture. In the other video, posted on Youtube, “Amiri” said was he was happy and free, and studying in Arizona. The U.S department of State issued a statement yesterday saying, “Amiri has been in the United States of his own free will and is free to go.”