The reports said that ‘Shahram Amiri took refuge at Iran’s interest section at the Pakistan embassy in Washington a few hours ago, and has asked for a quick return to Tehran’.
Iran and the US broke diplomatic relations shortly after Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, and Iran’s interests in the United States are managed by the Pakistani embassy.
Iranian officials have long maintained that Amiri was kidnapped by US intelligence agents from Saudi Arabia last year.
Iranian academic Shahram Amiri who was abducted last year by the US has reportedly taken refuge in Iran’s interest section in Washington, urging an immediate return to the country.
Amiri took refuge in Iran’s interest section in Washington a few hours ago, urging an “immediate return” to Iran, IRIB reported on Tuesday without providing further details.
The Pakistani Embassy in Washington preserves Iran’s interests in the United States, since the two countries have no diplomatic relations.
Amiri went missing while on pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia in June 2009. Since then, two videos and one audio message featuring him have emerged.
In the first video, Amiri said that he was abducted “in a joint operation by terror and kidnap teams from the US intelligence service, CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) and Saudi Arabia’s Istikhbarat” from Medina.
In the second video, he contradicted his earlier statements, saying that he was in the US of his own free will to further his education, dismissing all rumors about his defection.
However, in the latest audio message obtained by Iran’s intelligence sources, Amiri insists that he was offered $10 million to appear on CNN and announce that he had willingly defected to the US.
Iran has held the US accountable for the abduction of the academic in June 2009.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the Swiss charge d’affaires, whose embassy represents US interests in Iran, earlier this month and handed over new documents related to the abduction of the Iranian national by the CIA.
Tehran has called for Amiri’s swift and unconditional release.