Wednesday, December 28, 2011

U.S. 'spy' faces death penalty after secret court hearing into claim he tried to infiltrate its secret service

An American accused by Iran of working for the CIA could face the death penalty, it was reported today.

In a closed court hearing, the prosecution asked for capital punishment for suspect Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, said the semi-official Fars news agency.

Hekmati is alleged to have 'admitted' receiving training in America and planned to imply that Iran was 'involved in terrorist activities in foreign countries' after returning home.

The prosecutor said 28-year-old Arizona-born Hekmati entered Iran's intelligence department three times.

Hekmati repeated a confession broadcast on state television on December 18, according to the Fars report. Under Iranian law spying is punishable by death only in military cases .

His lawyer - identified just by the surname, Samadi - denied the charges. He said Iranian intelligence blocked Hekmati from infiltrating and in Iran, intention to do so is not a crime.

The lawyer claimed Hekmati was deceived by the CIA. No date for the next court hearing was given. Read More