“Amir Mirza Hekmati was sentenced to death…for cooperating with the hostile country America and spying for the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency),” ISNA news agency quoted judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei on Monday as saying.
“The court found him Corrupt on the Earth and Mohareb (one who wages war on God). Hekmati can appeal to the Supreme Court.”
Iran’s highest court must confirm all death sentences. When it will rule in Hekmati’s case was not known.
Hekmati, a 28-year-old of Iranian descent born in the southwestern U.S. state of Arizona, was arrested in December and Iran’s Intelligence Ministry accused him of receiving training at U.S. bases in neighboring Afghanistan and Iraq.
Iran’s judiciary said Hekmati admitted to having links with the CIA but denied any intention of harming Iran, which has had no relations with the United States since its 1979 Islamic Revolution. Mutual antagonism has reigned since.
Hekmati’s family said earlier this month in a statement that the former U.S. military translator was visiting his grandmothers in Iran when he was arrested.
“We have struggled to provide Amir with an attorney in Iran. We have sought to hire at least 10 different attorneys to no avail,” the family’s statement said. It said Hekmati’s “only advocate in Iran was a government-appointed lawyer who he met on the first day of his trial.”
The U.S. government has demanded Hekmati’s release, saying he has been “falsely” accused. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said last month that Iran had not permitted diplomats from the Swiss Embassy, which represents American interests in Iran, to see him before or during his trial.
Hekmati graduated from a Michigan high school. His father Ali is a professor at a community college in Flint, Michigan.
Hekmati, whose trial ended on January 2, was shown on Iranian state television in December saying he was a CIA operative sent to infiltrate the Iranian intelligence ministry.
Iran also said on Monday it had broken up an alleged U.S.-linked spy network that planned to “fuel unrest” ahead of the March parliamentary election, the first nationwide vote since the country’s 2009 disputed presidential vote.
“The detained spies were in contact with foreign countries through cyberspace,” Intelligence Minister Haydar Moslehi was quoted by state television as saying. He gave no information about the nationalities and the number of those detained.
Even though I’d never want him as president, I wish he were the GOP front-runner. The, please, excuse my language, shit-show circus we’ve been witnessing over the last year or so has been so embarrassing and his positions, while still fairly right-leaning, are the most moderate of the bunch. I honestly do not understand how he’s not the front-runner right now when we have Newty-I-have-10,000-wives-and-want-drug-users-executed, Frothy, Ron Black-and-gay-people-make-me-puke-my-guts-out Paul, Mitt Someone-tell-Wolf-Blitzer-he’s-not-the-only-robot Romney, and Rick George Bush Perry.
Every year new groups organize to demand their ‘rights’, White people who organize and expect the same attention as other groups are quickly and viciously condemned as dangerous bigots. Hispanic, black, and Jewish caucuses can exist in the U.S. Congress, but not a white caucus, demonstrating the absurdity of this approach for achieving rights for everyone.
In the end, what happens to me isn’t important. This is about the country — a country that has given so much to me, and that I want to give something in return, so that maybe, one day, long after I’m gone, my grandchildren can look me up on Google and find something, you know, different than what’s there now.
Andy Samberg, as RICK SANTORUM, on Saturday Night Live (via inothernews)
Hahaha! I should not have read this at the dinner table.