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U.S. releases detained Iranian scientist Mojtaba Atarodi

Iran Materials 26 April 2013 10:53
The U.S. has released Iranian professor Mojtaba Atarodi held in the United States, IRNA quoted Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as saying.
U.S. releases detained Iranian scientist Mojtaba Atarodi

Azerbaijan, Baku, Apr.26/ Trend F.Karimov

The U.S. has released Iranian professor Mojtaba Atarodi held in the United States, IRNA quoted Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as saying.

Fars news agency reported that Atarodi was transferred to Muscat (Oman) from the U.S., and tomorrow he will leave for Tehran.

Atarodi was detained on Dec.7, 2011 in Los Angeles over allegations that he had violated the US export laws by purchasing high-tech American laboratory equipment.

At the start of 2011, Atarodi won Iran's prestigious Khwarizmi international award along with twenty-three other scientists.

He won the award for research carried out towards designing a microchip receiver for digital photos. The award was presented to him in the presence of the Iranian president, the minister of science, and Gen. Ahmad Vahidi, the Iranian minister of defense who is in command of Iran's defense industries.

The 54-year-old scientist is a microchip expert and assistant professor at Sharif University of Technology. He is the author or coauthor of dozens of scientific papers dealing with microchip technology.

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