US condemns Iran death verdict to ‘CIA spy’

January 10th, 2012 - 6:57 am ICT by IANS  

Washington, Jan 10 (IANS) The US Monday condemned the death sentence given to an alleged “CIA spy” by an Iranian court, Xinhua reported.

“If true, we strongly condemn such a verdict and will work with our partners to convey our condemnation to the Iranian government,” White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said.

US-Iranian Amir Hekmati was charged with “cooperating with hostile government of the US, membership in the CIA and an attempt to accuse Iran of terrorism”.

Hekmati confessed in court that he intended to penetrate Iran’s intelligence agencies to help the CIA.

He was arrested Dec 17.

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