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An Iranian court has convicted a US man of working for the CIA and sentenced him to death, according to a state radio report, amid tensions between Iran and the international community over a suspected new nuclear facility.
Iran says that Amir Mirzaei Hekmati received special training and served at US military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan before heading to Iran for his alleged intelligence mission.
The radio report on Monday did not say when the verdict was issued. Under Iranian law, he has 20 days to appeal.
The Obama administration denied that Hekmati was a CIA spy, and sharply criticised the Islamic Republic for what it called a pattern of arresting innocent people for political reasons.
The 28-year-old former military translator being held in Iran was born in Arizona and graduated from high school in Michigan. His family is of Iranian origin.
His father, a professor at a community college in Flint, Michigan, has said his son is not a CIA spy and was visiting his grandmothers in Iran when he was arrested.
Hekmati's trial took place as the US announced new, tougher sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme.
The US and other Western countries believe Iran is developing atomic weapons, an accusation Iran denies.
This isn't the cause, it is only a piece of kindling on the fire that is being built. Between this, the sanctions, the threats of closing the Strait, it is all leading up to something bad.
Originally posted by SOUTH44
There is no way we will start a war because one of our
spys got caught and now faces execution. No way!
I'm still hoping there can be some kind of resolution. Afterall, we did
just save several of their pirates lives. May be a trade involved?
sharply criticised the Islamic Republic for what it called a pattern of arresting innocent people for political reasons.
The only evidence we have for being a spy is the Iranian State media. Unless they let a neutral third party come in and look at the evidence, there is no way to verify it.
Originally posted by FraternitasSaturni
rhm... yea... hes a cia spy so, he knew and everybody else knew what would happen if he got caught.
Dont make it look innocent with the "US Citizen" thing and "man working for the cia"... hes a spook.