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A trial in Iran of an American-Iranian man accused of being a CIA spy has finished and he is now awaiting the verdict, the country's chief prosecutor said Monday, according to the Mehr news agency.
The prosecutor, Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie, also rejected a US government call for the accused man, Amir Mirzai Hekmati, to be released.
The prosecution has demanded the "maximum punishment" in the case, which presumably means the death penalty.
Hekmati, a 28-year-old former US Marine born in the United States to an Iranian immigrant family, was shown on Iranian state television mid-De
In his sole trial hearing, on December 27, prosecutors said Hekmati's "confession" showed he worked with the US Central Intelligence Agency to try to infiltrate the Iranian intelligence ministry by posing as a disaffected former US soldier with classified information to give.
Hekmati, a 28-year-old former US Marine born in the United States to an Iranian immigrant family, was shown on Iranian state television mid-December saying in fluent Farsi and English that he was a CIA operative sent to infiltrate the Iranian intelligence ministry.
Iran's state TV broadcast video of a young man Sunday it claimed was a CIA and Mossad spy who sought to infiltrate Iran's secret services.
The TV identified the man, apparently in his late 20s, as Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, an American-Iranian who received special training and served at US military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan before heading to Iran for his alleged intelligence mission.
In the taped confession, Hekmati allegedly recalled how he got recruited into the secret service: "When (the US secret service) discovered that I speak a little Arabic and a little Persian, they said 'we want to send you to university to study Arabic. We can give you some work, and if you're successful, we'll continue to train you and give you more missions. This mission requires you to go to Iran.'" ........
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