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Iran seeks death for Flint grad accused of spying

Amir Hekmati Amir Hekmati

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - An Iranian news agency says prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for a Michigan high school graduate accused of trying to infiltrate Iran's intelligence services for the CIA.

The report Tuesday by the semiofficial Fars agency says Amir Mirzaei Hekmati repeated a confession at a hearing that was like one aired Dec. 18 on state TV.

The report says Hekmati's lawyer rejected the accusations.

The 28-year-old was born in Flagstaff, Ariz., and graduated from Flint Central High School. Mott Community College microbiology professo Ali Hekmati says his son isn't a CIA spy and was visiting his grandmothers in Iran when he was detained.

Iran contends the ex-U.S. Marine received special training and served at U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan before heading to Iran for his alleged intelligence mission.

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