Iran court orders retrial for alleged CIA spy sentenced to death Katherine Getty at 12:27 PM ET
[JURIST] Iran's Supreme Court on Monday overturned the death sentence of alleged US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] spy Amir Mirzaei Hekmati and ordered a retrial. The Supreme Court objected to the ruling and annulled it [ISNA report], sending it back to another branch for retrial. No other details were given by the spokesman for the judiciary. The decision comes after Hekmati, a former Marine, was sentenced to death [JURIST report] in early January on grounds of being a CIA spy and trying to link Iran with terrorism. The conviction was based largely on a confession offered by Hekmati that he then retracted, saying he was forced to make such a statement. The US has repeatedly demanded Hekmati's release, while his family contends that he was only in the country to visit his grandmother.
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