Iran court sentences alleged CIA spy to death Sarah Posner at 9:40 AM ET
[JURIST] An Iranian court on Monday sentenced Iranian-American ex-marine American Amir Mirzaei Hekmati to death for espionage. Iran accused Hekmati of spying for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] and cooperating with an enemy government in an attempt to accuse Iran of terrorism [FNA report]. The conviction is largely based on a televised confession in which Hekmati admitted to entering the country with the intent to infiltrate the Islamic Republic of Iran's intelligence systems. The sentencing [CNN report] came five months after Hekmati's arrest. His family alleges that the Iranian trial was not fair or transparent and maintains that Hekmati went to Iran to visit his grandmother. The US has repeatedly demanded Hekmati's release, claiming he was falsely accused.
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