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Thu 15 Jul 2010 09:48 AM

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'Kidnapped' Iranian scientist returns home

'Kidnapped' Iranian scientist returns home
Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri is welcomed by family members upon his arrival at Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran. Amiri had gone missing from Saudi Arabia in June 2009 while on a pilgrimage and surfaced in Iran's Interests Section in Washington on July 13, 2010. (AFP/Getty Images)
'Kidnapped' Iranian scientist returns home
Iranian officials claim Amiri was kidnapped by the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States. US officials have denied these accusations. (AFP/Getty Images)
'Kidnapped' Iranian scientist returns home
Amiri went to the Iranian interests section of Pakistan's embassy in the US and asked to be repatriated on Monday. (AFP/Getty Images)
'Kidnapped' Iranian scientist returns home
After landing Amiri gave a press conference, telling journalists he had been subjected to ‘the harshest mental and physical torture.’ (AFP/Getty Images)
'Kidnapped' Iranian scientist returns home
Amiri stands with his father. The scientist told reporters that he was just a 'simple researcher'. (AFP/Getty Images)
'Kidnapped' Iranian scientist returns home
Amiri also denied that he had been heavily involved in Iran's nuclear programme. (AFP/Getty Images)
'Kidnapped' Iranian scientist returns home
The US state department said Amiri was in the country ‘of his own free will’ and raised no objections about his return to Iran. (AFP/Getty Images)
'Kidnapped' Iranian scientist returns home
Amiri alleged that Israeli agents had been present during the interrogations and that the CIA had offered him $50m to remain in the US. (AFP/Getty Images)
'Kidnapped' Iranian scientist returns home
Unnamed American officials have claimed Mr Amiri defected and was put into a witness-protection programme, but then became concerned about a family member he had left behind and had decided to return to Iran. (AFP/Getty Images)