“USA-spion” dömd till döden i Iran”

(se tidigare inlägg)

Teheran. En 28-årig amerikan och tidigare marinkårssoldat, av iransk härkomst, dömdes i Iran på måndagen till döden för spioneri för USA:s räkning.

Amir Mirzai Hekmati greps i augusti och visades upp för tio dagar sedan i iransk tv. Han sade sig då ha varit CIA-agent som skulle infiltrera underrättelsetjänsten.

USA hävdar att anklagelserna mot mannen är påhittade.

Hekmati föddes i USA som son till iranska invandrare. Enligt Iran avslöjades han av iranska agenter som upptäckte honom vid den amerikanska Bagrambasen i grannlandet Afghanistan. Hekmatis familj hävdar däremot att han rest till Iran för att träffa sin mormor och farmor och att han inte är spion.

Rättegången varade i bara en dag. Det var då hans erkännande, påtvingat eller inte, tv-sändes. Hekmati sade att han försökt infiltrera underrättelsetjänsten genom att framställa sig som en desillusionerad tidigare amerikansk soldat med hemlig information att dela med sig av.

Amerikanska UD har klagat över att Iran inte lät diplomater från Schweiz ambassad träffa Hekmati före eller under rättegången. Schweiz företräder USA i avsaknad av amerikansk-iranska förbindelser.

USA kräver att Hekmati friges.

Källor: VK , Aftonbladet, Sydsvenskan, Expressen, YouTube

Iran death sentence for ‘CIA spy’ Amir Mirzai Hekmati

Amir Mirzai Hekmati - photo sent to the BBC by relatives
Amir Mirzai Hekmati’s family deny he is a spy

An American man of Iranian descent has been sentenced to death by a court in Tehran for spying for the CIA, local media report. Amir Mirzai Hekmati was “sentenced to death for co-operating with a hostile nation, membership of the CIA and trying to implicate Iran in terrorism,” semi-official Fars news agency said.

The 28-year-old’s trial last month heard he had confessed to the charges. But Mr Hekmati’s US-based family say he was in Iran visiting his grandmothers. The US has said he has been falsely accused and has called for his release. Mr Hekmati was accused by Iran of receiving training at US bases in Afghanistan and Iraq before being sent to Iran.

‘Red line’

During his trial in December, prosecutors cited what they said was a confession Mr Hekmati had made on state TV some days earlier, in which he had admitted trying to infiltrate Iran’s intelligence services for the CIA.

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According to Fars, he told the court he did have links to the CIA, but had never intended to harm Iran.

“I was deceived by the CIA… Although I was appointed to break into Iran’s intelligence systems and act as a new source for the CIA, I had no intention of undermining the country,” Fars quoted him as saying.

Mr Hekmati’s family, who live in Arizona, say the charges against him are fabricated and that he was in Iran to visit his grandmothers. His father, Ali Hekmati, said his son joined the US military in 2001 and served in the Marines, where he was an Arabic translator.

The sentence comes at a time of heightened tensions between Iran and the West. Tehran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz – a key route from the Gulf through which 20% of the world’s traded oil passes – if the US and EU introduce further sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme. US defence chiefs on Sunday warned that they would take action if Iran closed the strait.

“That’s another red line for us and … we will respond to them,” Defence Secretary Leon Panetta told CBS’s “Face the Nation” programme.

Källa: BBC news

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