An Iranian nuclear scientist who claims he was abducted by CIA agents is reported to be on his way back to Iran.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry says Shahram Amiri has boarded a flight to Qatar and is expected to arrive in the Iranian capital Tehran on Thursday.
Amiri disappeared on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in June 2009.
At one point he hit the headlines after he appeared in a video recording claiming he had been kidnapped which the White House continues to deny. Amiri retracted that claim in a later video and in a third recording he renewed the allegation that he had been abducted.
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Iranian Expatriates and Consular Affairs Hassan Qashqavi said: “Followed by evidence and proof Shahram’s abduction and presence in the United States became clear and the videos of him left no room for denial. Naturally he and his family are entitled to pursue their rights,” (to compensation).
On Monday this week Amiri turned up at the Iranian Interests section of the Pakistani embassy in Washington saying he wished to be repatriated.