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Iran says nuclear scientist executed for espionage

This file photo shows Iranian nuclear scientist, Shahram Amiri, who was executed on charges of espionage for the United States.

Iran has confirmed that it has executed a nuclear scientist convicted of leaking the country’s top secret information to the United States, the Iranian Judiciary says.

Iran’s Judiciary spokesman, Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, told reporters on Sunday that Shahram Amiri had access to the country’s top secret information and had linked up with the Islamic Republic's arch-enemy, the US.

"The US intelligence service was outwitted by Iran in this case as it assumed that all of its moves would remain hidden from our intelligence service,” he said.

The official added that Amiri had been taken to Saudi Arabia while the US intelligence service thought that Iran is not aware of his status.

The spokesman rejected claims by some relatives of Amiri who alleged that he had been sentenced to 10 years in prison by the court of first instance, saying that the first court had also sentenced him to capital punishment.

According to the judicial official, the sentence was carried out after it was confirmed by the country's Supreme Court.

Mohseni-Ejei said Amiri had access to a lawyer during his trial.

Amiri, who was a university lecturer, disappeared in Saudi Arabia in June 2009 and resurfaced a year later in the US. He returned home in July 2010 after spending 14 months in the United States.

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