US Man Sentenced to Death in Iran


Amir Mirzai Hekmati (Iran State Tv/BBC Video)

An American of Iranian descent has been sentenced to death by a court in Tehran for allegedly spying for the CIA.

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Former Marine Amir Mirzai Hekmati was "sentenced to death for cooperating with a hostile nation, membership of the CIA and trying to implicate Iran in terrorism," semi-official Fars news agency said.

The 28-year-old's US-based family say he was in Iran visiting grandparents.

The sentence comes at a time of fresh tensions between Iran and the West over Tehran's nuclear program.

Lisa Mullins speaks with the BBC's Mohsin Asghari about the case.