IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS (AUG 6 2016): Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri has been executed, reported the London-based Manoto TV and BBC Persian. Marziyeh Amiri, the mother of Shahram Amiri, told BBC Persian that she met with her son the day before he was executed. Shahram Amiri was reportedly executed on Wednesday August 3.
Iranian authorities confirmed the execution of Shahram Amiri on August 7. Spokesperson of the Iranian Judiciary Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejehe'i said in a press conference that Mr. Amiri was executed for espionage charges.
According to Shahram Amiri's mother, Shahram was held under difficult conditions while in prison and did not have a fair judicial process. Mr. Amiri was a nuclear researcher at Malek Ashtar University of Technology and worked for Iran's Atomic Energy Organization.
Mr. Amiri disappeared during a pilgrimage to Mecca in 2009. Months later he appeared in the United States, and in July 2010, he returned back to Iran. He was received as a hero upon his return to Iran, but later he was arrested and sentenced to ten years in prison. It is not known why Shahram Amiri was executed, despite being sentenced to a prison term. In the press conference held on August 7, the spokesperson of the Iranian Judiciary Mohseni Ejehe'i denied that Mr. Amiri had previously been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
On Tuesday August 2, at least 20 Sunni prisoners were executed at Karaj's Rajai Shahr Prison (west of Tehran) on terrorism charges. Many of them were subjected to torture and their trial lasted only a few minutes. 27 people have been executed in Iran on Tuesday and Wednesday August 2-3, according to reports by Iran Human Rights (IHR).