U.S. deports Iranian scientist acquitted in trade secrets case
Tehran, Iran — An Iranian scientist imprisoned in the U.S. and acquitted in a federal trade secrets case is on his way back to Iran after being deported, the country’s foreign minister said Tuesday. Sirous Asgari was in the air on a flight back to Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an Instagram post.
“Congratulations to his wife and his esteemed family,” Zarif wrote.
Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency later reported the news, citing Zarif.
Asgari, a professor at Iran’s Sharif University of Technology, was indicted in April 2016, accused by federal prosecutors of trying to steal secret research from Case Western Reserve University. The Cleveland school had been working on a project for the U.S. Navy Office of Naval Research to create and produce anti-corrosive stainless steel.
Asgari ultimately was acquitted in November after U.S. District Judge James Gwin tossed out the …continued .
[Source: CBS News]