(Reuters) – Iran’s Revolutionary Court has sentenced an Iranian-American man to death for spying for the CIA, the student news agency quoted a judiciary official as saying, a move likely to aggravate U.S.-Iranian tension already high because of Tehran’s nuclear work.
Western nations have recently expanded punitive economic sanctions against Iran over suspicions it is trying to develop atomic bombs under the cover of a civilian atomic energy program. The Islamic Republic denies this.
“Amir Mirza Hekmati was sentenced to death…for cooperating with the hostile country America and spying for the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency),” ISNA news agency quoted judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei on Monday as saying.
“The court found him Corrupt on the Earth and Mohareb (one who wages war on God). Hekmati can appeal to the Supreme Court.”
Iran’s highest court must confirm all death sentences. When it will rule in Hekmati’s case was not known.
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For sure this man is not a spy. He was forced by the Iranians to confess. What will the Obama administration do about this? Ask nicely for their spy to be returned as Obama asked nicely for the captured drone to be returned?