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Prosecutor General: I have no information on Shahram Amiri's case

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Jan 4, IRNA -- Judiciary Force Spokesman and country's Prosecutor General in response to a question whether Shahram Amiri is arrested and imprisoned or not, said here Monday he has no information on the case.

Gholah-Hossein Mohseni-Eje'ie who was speaking at his weekly press conference, also told the media reporters that the punishment for purse snapping is not death.

He all the same stressed that the Judiciary Force would deal with the matter seriously and immediately, including sentencing the purse snapper to prison terms.

He all the same emphasized, 'If a culprit was found to be a combatant against the sacred political system (Mohareb), or the propagator and agent of corruption (Mofsedo fel-Arz) the presiding judge would sentence him/her to death.'

Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri, who claimed he slipped away from his CIA captors, has not been seen publicly since his heroic return to Tehran last year and some western sources have speculated he could be facing an investigation as a possible turncoat.

Also a report on the website Iranbriefing.net says that Shahram Amiri is now being held in a Tehran prison.

Amiri's returned to Tehran in July.

The nuclear scientist claimed he was kidnapped by American agents in May 2009 while on a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Amiri turned up in Washington at the Iranian Interest Section at the Pakistan Embassy after a series of baffling videos that presented contradictory stories: one claiming he was on the run from the CIA and the other saying he was studying for a doctorate in the U.S.

Iranian authorities have not offered any information on his whereabouts and his family and colleagues have made no public statements as to his fate.

In October, one of Iran's vice presidents, Ali Akbar Salehi — who is now acting foreign minister — acknowledged that some personnel at nuclear facilities had passed secrets to the West in exchange for payment. Salehi claimed that it 'awakened' security forces to impose tighter controls.

Iran also acknowledged that a sophisticated computer worm, known as Stuxnet, had infiltrated systems at nuclear sites, including briefly halting activity at Iran's uranium enrichment lab. Iran's intelligence chief has accused the CIA and Israeli and British spy agencies of being behind the cyber attacks.

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