Dec 15, 2019 11:43 UTC
  •  Scientist taken to hospital in Tehran after release from US jail

Iranian stem cell scientist Dr. Masoud Soleimani, who returned home last week following his release from US prison, has been taken to hospital with a heart condition.

Soleimani was rushed to Tehran Heart Center on Sunday after suffering from heart problems as he was about to head to Press TV headquarters for a news conference.

He underwent medical checks in hospital and was released later. 

The scientist returned home last Saturday following a prisoner swap with the US, which saw American citizen Xiyue Wang released by Iran.  

Soleimani suffered from several health problems which aggravated during his incarceration in the United States.

The researcher — who works in stem cell research, hematology and regenerative medicine — was on a sabbatical when he was arrested by US authorities upon arrival in Chicago a year ago and transferred to a prison in Atlanta, Georgia.

In a meeting with Isfahan Governor General Abbas Rezaei on Wednesday, Soleimani recounted his ordeal during his time behind bars, saying he had been held “in a cell with another person” next to “murderers and drug traffickers.”

The scientist said American “justice” exists only in Hollywood films, adding that his jail wardens had told other prisoners that he was a “terrorist and the inmates were scared to approach me.”