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Missing Iranian Scientist And A Fourth Mysterious Video

By Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL

It's getting difficult to keep up with all the videos featuring missing Iranian scientist Shahram Amiri.

Tehran insists he's been kidnapped by the United States; other sources say he's defected.

Just as we posted an item about his third video -- in which he says he might get killed for refusing to betray his country -- a fourth video emerged on YouTube in which a man identifying himself as Amiri says he will soon return home.


The speaker says the date is Wednesday, June 23, 2010, and that he is in the United States. He says he's well and that his family shouldn't worry about his health.

"Thanks to the grace of God, I will return to my dear country Iran within the next few days," the speaker says. "I want [my family] to be [strong] and patient as always and pray for my safe return."

He then quotes from the Koran in Arabic and expresses hope of seeing his family in Iran. 

Copyright (c) 2010 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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