Saturday, April 12, 2014

Iran: Update--US Citizen of Iranian Ethnicity Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Alleged Spying

According to The Associated Press, an Iranian news agency is reporting that an appellate court has overturned a death sentence of US citizen Amir Hekmati, 31, and alternatively sentenced for working for the CIA, handing down a sentence of ten years in prison.

The semi-official ISNA news agency reported Saturday (April 12) that Hekmati's attorney, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaei, says a Revolutionary Court issued the verdict for former US Marine veteran. 

COMMENT: Arizona-born Hekmati arrested the dual citizen after he visited his grandmother in Iran in 2001. He has been in Iranian custody since then.

The Iranian government claims that Hekmati receiving special training and serving at US military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan before heading to Iran for his alleged mission, although no evidence has ever been presented.

Hekmati is a dual US-Iranian citizen. His father, a professor at a community college in Flint, MI, has said his son is not a CIA spy.