Former US Marine's family calls on Iran to reconsider prison term

By REUTERS
April 12, 2014 22:49

 
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WASHINGTON - The family of an Iranian-American former US Marine held in Iran since 2011 called on Saturday for senior Iranian officials to review his conviction and 10-year prison sentence on charges of collaborating with the US government and to free him.

The family of Amir Hekmati, whose previous espionage conviction and death sentence in Iran was overturned in 2012, said he was retried in secret, convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison on a charge of "practical collaboration with the American government."

The family said he is innocent of the charges. The retrial was first reported on Friday by the New York Times, which quoted Hekmati's Iranian lawyer.

Iran has not commented on any developments in the case.

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