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US trying to entrap Iranian scientists: Minister

Press TV – May 22, 2019

Iran’s minister of science, research, and technology says the United States has set a trap for Iranian scientists, enabling their entry into the country before arresting them.

Speaking to ISNA, Mansour Gholami, said the US has identified a number of Iranian professors, who have conducted research in certain areas, published relevant scientific articles, and ordered and bought laboratory equipment, the agency reported on Wednesday.

“They issue visas for Iranian professors and arrest them upon their arrival in the US,” he said, noting. “This is a type of game they play to lure Iranian professors there.”

He also ruled out the possibility that those targeted in the scheme might have been in violation of Washington’s sanctions. “If it had to do with the sanctions, they (the Americans) would announce it in advance,” Gholami said.

“Drawing the professors into the country and arresting them in such a fashion shows that the Americans have laid a trap for us,” the minister specified.

Massoud Soleimani, a 49-year-old Iranian scientist left Iran on sabbatical last year, but was arrested upon arrival in Chicago and transferred to prison in Atlanta, Georgia for unspecified reasons.

His brother has said in interviews that the only accusation facing him is that two of his students were arrested while departing the United States three years ago because they were carrying five vials of growth hormone. This is while such material is readily available on the market and not subject to sanctions, he explained.

The two students were charged in a court and released after posting bail because they held US citizenship.

Soleimani was “definitely” being held hostage by the US administration, his brother said. “How can a researcher and a physician, who does not have any criminal record and boasts numerous articles published in international circles, be placed in detention?” he asked.

He also revealed that the professor had been pressed to confess that the purchase of the growth hormones had been made with an intent to “circumvent the American sanctions” against Iran.

US authorities said such a confession would pave the way for a plea bargain, his brother said, adding, however, that “Soleimani refused to accept the offer.”

May 22, 2019 - Posted by | Deception | ,

3 Comments »

  1. The cunning bastards!

    Comment by traducteur | May 22, 2019 | Reply

    • “Cunning Stunts”……Whatever happened to “The Home of the Brave, and the Land of the Free”?

      The American GOVERNMENT are a danger to “anyone” perceived to be a “threat”, including the American people. Such is the Paranoia amongst the political class, that Julian Assange is being persecuted, for simply revealing the “TRUTH”…..about The American Government.
      If the American government lies to the people(as has been clearly demonstrated by Wikileaks), “They” would lie to the American people about ANYTHING….wouldn’t they?

      Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | May 22, 2019 | Reply

  2. The effing Ziomonster has been assassinating and otherwise effing with Irani scientists for years…yes, the cunning USZiomonster bastards!

    (Where is the American Academy of Scientists or an equivalent in its outcry over this malign treatment of one of its own?! Have it/they no principle, no integrity, no balls?)

    I hope that Professor Soleimani continues to stand tall and proud and defiant.

    Comment by roberthstiver | May 22, 2019 | Reply


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