Washington frees an Iranian scientist detained since 2016

Today, the United States of America released the Iranian scientist Sirus Asgari, who was acquitted by an American court of stealing trade secrets during his 2016 academic visit.

"The scientist, Asgari, boarded a plane that took off to return to his country this morning," Agence France-Presse quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying.

Asgari was charged in 2016 with a US court of stealing trade secrets during an academic visit to Ohio and acquitted in November, but he remained imprisoned for reasons apparently related to immigration laws.

Tehran confirmed last month that Asgari, a scientific researcher at the Sharif Technological University in Tehran, had caught the new Corona virus during his detention.

On Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi announced that the file of Asgari was closed in the United States and that he would likely return to the country within two or three days.


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