Iran to make telefilm on abduction of Shahram Amiri

TEHRAN, July 21 (MNA) -- Iran’s Sima Films, a studio affiliated with the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, will be producing a telefilm on the Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri.

Amiri was abducted by the CIA while on an umrah pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in June 2009. He took refuge in the Iranian Interests Section of the Pakistani Embassy in Washington and returned home last week.

The studio’s screenwriting workshop is currently working on a screenplay based on the events surrounding Amiri and his abduction, the Sima Films website reported on Wednesday.

The story will center on the ordeal of Amiri’s abduction, the events that occurred on the periphery, and his return to Iran, the report added.

“Several young screenwriters are collaborating in this project, and shooting will begin as soon as the screenplay is finished,” an official from Sima Film Amir-Hossein Ashtianipur said.

In an interview with Iran’s national TV here in Tehran, Amiri said that he was abducted by three Persian-speaking men while traveling from Mecca to Medina last year. He said he was first placed in a white van, and then rendered unconscious. Later, he found himself on a military plane heading to the U.S.

“The psychological stress was 100 times greater than the physical stress that the interrogators intentionally put you under,” Amiri had said, adding that he was forced to say that he was carrying a laptop and documents indicating that Iran was seeking nuclear weapons.

Photo: Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri flashes a V for victory sign at the Imam Khomeini International Airport on July 15, 2010 after returning home. His wife and son are also seen in the photo. (Mehr/Majid Asgaripur)


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