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Iran's Supreme Court orders retrial of former Marine

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Amir Hekmati Amir Hekmati
Amir Hekmati Amir Hekmati
TEHRAN, IRAN (WNEM/AP) -

An Iranian semiofficial news agency reports that the country's Supreme Court has ordered the retrial of a former Marine who was sentenced to death for working for the CIA.

The Monday report by ISNA quotes state prosecutor Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejehei as saying the Supreme Court has found shortcomings in the case and sent it for review by another court.

In January an Iranian court sentenced Arizona-born Amir Hekmati to death for allegedly being a CIA spy.

It was the first time an American citizen has been sentenced to death in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Hekmati is a former military translator and holds dual U.S.-Iranian citizenship. He was born in Arizona and attended high school in Michigan.

Hekmati's family said he was in Iran to visit his grandmothers when he was arrested. Iranian prosecutors say Hekmati was working for the CIA.

His Iran-born father is a professor at Mott Community College in Flint and has said his son is not a spy.

Iran accuses Hekmati of receiving special training and serving at U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan before heading to Iran for an alleged intelligence mission.

In December, Iran broadcast a video on state television in which Hekmati was shown delivering a purported confession in which he said he was part of a plot to infiltrate Iran's Intelligence Agency.

Copyright 2012 WNEM (Meredith Corporation.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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