One video shows a man who may well be Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri claiming that he was abducted by Americans and is now being held in Tucson, Ariz. — in which case, whoever kidnapped him should make sure he has the right papers. Another video features a clearer image of someone who could be the same missing scientist, but this time he says he’s in school in Arizona. What gives? The BBC gave this mystery a closer look on Tuesday. –KA


The contradictory accounts of Mr Amiri’s fate have emerged as the UN Security Council is due to vote on a fourth round of sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme on Wednesday.

Mr Amiri worked as a researcher at a university in Tehran, Iranian media reported.

But other reports said he worked for the country’s Atomic Energy Organisation and had in-depth knowledge of the country’s nuclear programme.

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