Iranian scientist acquitted, deported from US returns home

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian scientist imprisoned in the U.S. and acquitted in a federal trade secrets case has returned to his homeland after being deported from America. A report by the semiofficial ISNA news agency had an image of Sirous Asgari, wearing a face mask and being welcomed by relatives on Wednesday morning. A professor at Iran’s Sharif University of Technology, Asgari was indicted in April 2016, accused by U.S. federal prosecutors of trying to steal secret research from Case Western Reserve University. He was ultimately acquitted in November after a district judge tossed out the case by the prosecutors.