TEHRAN, Iran (Jan. 10) – Amir Mirzaie Hekmati, a former United States marine who was convicted of spying on Iran and sentenced to death on Monday (Jan. 09), has 20 days to appeal his death sentence, according to Iranian law ministry.
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"If the sentence is appealed, then the Court of Appeals will hear the case. If not, then the sentence is final," judiciary spokesman Mohseni Ejeie said, according to the semi-official Iranian Student News Agency. The statement was the first by a judiciary official, regarding the trail and the sentence.
Amir Mirzaei Hekmati was arrested during a visit to Tehran in August last year, allegedly confessed to a career in American intelligence that included a stint at a video game company in New York that was “a cover for the C.I.A.”
Hekmati's family has hired a high-profile lawyer, Pierre Prosper, with success in negotiating with Tehran to seek his release.
"We're prepared to open up a line of communication with the government," attorney Pierre Prosper said. "Our hope is that they will talk with us."
Watch the video below aired by state-run Iranian TV sowing the alleged spy confessing: