Iran Sentences Former Camp Pendleton Marine to Death

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Amir Mirzaei Hekmati

Former Camp Pendleton Marine Amir Mirzaei Hekmati has been sentenced to death in Iran. The Iranian court accused Hekmati, an American, of spying for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), according to the Associated Press.

The 28-year-old Hekmati is of Iranian descent and has duel United States-Iran citizenship. He was visiting his grandmothers in Iran when he was detained and accused of spying.

Hekmati joined the Marine Corps in 2001 and received basic training at Camp Pendleton. According to ABC News:

The U.S. State Department has demanded Iran release Hekmati.

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