An Iranian court has convicted an American man of working for the CIA and sentenced this individual to death, state radio reported on Monday, in a case that may add to the tension between the U.S. and Iran, The Associated Press reported.
According to the news outlet, Iran charges that as a former U.S. Marine, Amir Mirzaei Hekmati had received special training and served at bases in Iraq and Afghanistan prior to being sent to Iran for his alleged intelligence mission for the CIA.
State radio in Iran did not say when the verdict was issued, and Hekmati has 20 days to appeal the decision under Iranian law. The 28-year-old former translator for the military was born in Arizona and graduated from a Michigan high school. According to the AP, his father claims that his son is not a spy and was simply visiting his grandmother in Iran.
The New York Times reported that Hekmati is the first American to receive a death sentence in Iran since the Iranian revolution took place 30 years ago. He has been imprisoned in the Middle Eastern country since August.