American-Iranian Ex-Marine Amir Mirzai Hekmati

January 11, 2012 by staff 

Amir Mirzai HekmatiAmir Mirzai Hekmati, The US has condemned the death sentence handed to American-Iranian ex-Marine Amir Mirzai Hekmati in Iran and asked Tehran to release him immediately.

An Iranian court has sentenced to death Hekmati, a 28-year-old former US Marine born in the US to an Iranian family, for
cooperating with a hostile nation, membership of the CIA and trying to implicate Iran in t*rror*sm.

“The allegations against Hekmati are false. This is not the first time, though we could only hope it would be the last, that the Iranians have falsely accused people of being spies,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

“We urge his immediate release, and are working towards that end and hope that it happens soon,” Carney told reporters.

At another briefing, state department spokesperson Victoria Nuland too made a similar appeal.

“We call on the government of Iran to respect the rights – the fact that he is a US citizen and grant the Swiss protecting power access to him,” she said.

The United States, she said, has been able to confirm the verdict, the Swiss protecting power has now been able to confirm to us the verdict.

“So we strongly condemn the death sentence verdict given to Hekmati. We’ve conveyed our condemnation to the Iranian government through the Swiss protecting power,” she said.

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