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Iran: Execution of nuclear expert Shahram Amiri upon Khamenei’s order to intimidate others

Upon the orders of the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the regime’s executioners sent nuclear expert Shahram Amiri to the gallows after seven years of imprisonment. Shahram Amiri’s execution, whose news was published by his family, was carried out despite the fact that the mullahs’ judiciary had sentenced him to 10 years of imprisonment and five years of exile on the charge of “relationships with hostile governments”.

The 38-year-old Shahram Amiri was a nuclear expert at the Malek-Ashtar University affiliated with the Ministry of Defense. He left Iran in 2009 and apparently sought refuge in the United States. By taking his family hostage, exerting pressure on his family and making bogus promises, the regime compelled Amiri to return to Iran in 2010, but imprisoned him despite promises to the contrary.

Amiri’s execution is a desperate attempt by the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to intimidate and terrorize the regime’s nuclear experts and scientists and to prevent them from leaving the country after the JCPOA.

Engulfed in serious domestic and external crises and facing growing popular discontent and opposition at home, the regime has had to deal with unprecedented defections within its own ranks.

Ironically, the hanging of Amiri, who was among the regime’s top nuclear experts, comes at the time when previously, the mullahs had falsely accused the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, or Mujahedin-e Khalq, MEK) and the Iranian Resistance of assassinating its nuclear scientists.

Reiterating that the religious fascism ruling Iran, in order to maintain its infamous rule, spares no crime and shows no mercy to anybody, the Iranian Resistance emphasizes again the necessity of referring this regime’s criminal dossier to the UN Security Council and to predicate all relations with that regime to a halt to executions.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
August 7, 2016