US to Iran: Release death-sentenced American

Iran's death sentence for American Amir Mirza Hekmati riles Washington; US spokeswoman Nuland calls charges a "fabrication."

By REUTERS
January 10, 2012 09:36
Iranian accused of spying, Amir Mirza Hekmati

Iranian accused of spying, Amir Mirza Hekmati 311. (photo credit: Iranian state TV)

 
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The US responded on Monday night to Iranian reports of a death sentence passed for Iranian-US citizen Amir Mirza Hekmati on charges of spying for the US.

"We've maintained from the beginning that the charges against him were a fabrication and we call on the Iranian government to release him immediately," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

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Hekmati, a 28-year-old of Iranian descent, was arrested in December and Iran's Intelligence Ministry accused him of receiving training at US bases in neighboring Afghanistan and Iraq.

Iran's judiciary said Hekmati admitted to having links with the CIA but said he had no intention of harming Iran.

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