Tehran, Iran, May 25, 2014
(AP) A former U.S. Marine convicted of criminal charges in Iran after being accused of working for the CIA will appeal for a new trial after already seeing his sentence reduced once, his lawyer said Sunday.
Amir Hekmati, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen born in Arizona and raised in Michigan, was arrested in August 2011, then tried, convicted and sentenced to death for spying. However, Iran’s Supreme Court annulled the death sentence after Hekmati appealed, ordering a retrial in 2012. The country’s Revolutionary Court then overturned his conviction for espionage, instead charging him with “cooperating with hostile governments” and sentenced him to 10 years in prison.
Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaei, Hekmati’s lawyer, told The Associated Press that he would appeal the 10-year prison sentence as well.
“During his captivity, Amir’s father has fallen terribly ill with brain cancer, and there is no greater wish from his father than to see his son again,” U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, a Michigan Democrat whose district includes the Hekmati family, said in a statement. “For 1,000 days, his family has also suffered as Amir continues to be held on unjust charges. They want nothing more than their family to be whole and in one place again. “Simply put, it is time for Amir Hekmati to come home.”
Tabatabaei said Hekmati had handed his request for a rehearing to prison authorities.
The lawyer said he is optimistic about the possibility of a new hearing and lessening Hekmati’s sentence since he has argued that the United States is not considered a hostile government by Iran’s top security body, the Supreme National Security Council headed by moderate President Hassan Rouhani. Iran only considers Israel a hostile government, officially.
“We have argued that the American government is not a hostile government, because the definition of hostile government rests within the hands of the Supreme National Security Council according to the law, and the council has never made such an interpretation,” of the U.S government.
He said if the court accepts the reasoning “there will remain no conviction that would justify such a heavy punishment.”
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Secretary of State
Press Statement: Detained U.S. Citizen Amir Hekmati
Mr. Hekmati has spent almost three years in an Iranian prison on false espionage charges. We remain especially concerned about reports of Mr. Hekmati’s health in prison.
Mr. Hekmati’s family in the United States has endured the hardship of his absence for too long. He is the eldest son, and his family misses him and needs him home.
We respectfully request that the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran release Mr. Hekmati so that he may be reunited with his family in the United States.
From January 1-July 4, 2014 there are 184 days (6 months and 4 days). Iran has been given six months (184 days) to show good faith regarding their nuclear programs. The United States must insist that no more billions of dollars, gold or other resources will be released for transfer to Iran as a result of sanctions loosening. Neither should oil exports be increased to other nations, including Russia which is negotiating a side deal with Iran worth $1.5 billion per month known as ‘oil for goods.’ In this bartering scheme Russia will continue to build Iran’s nuclear facilities in exchange for oil that Russia may use or sell on the world market. Most importantly, the main intent of the current nuclear talks is to assure the cessation of Iran’s nuclear weapons program; this must be proved and continually verified.
NO MORE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OR GOLD TO IRAN UNTIL THEY FREE ALL THREE!
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