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PublishDate: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 10:36

US urge Iran to free citizen

The alleged spy joined the U.S. Marine Corps and had worked with Iraqi officers.

Officials in US Department of State urged the Islamic Republic of Iran to free the detained US citizen of Iranian origin Amir Mirzai Hekmati, who has been described as a CIA agent by Iranian intelligence officials.
A spokesman for the US Department of State Victoria Nuland said, access has been sought to the detained US citizen Amir Mirzai Hekmati through embassy of Switzerland in Iran KHAAMA reported.
She said, we urge the government of Iran to provide immediate access to Amir Mirzai Hekmati and release him without any delay.
In the meantime, Iranian Fars News Agency on Sunday broadcast video showing what it called the confessions of an alleged U.S. spy.
In the video, a young man, who says his name is Amir Mirzai Hekmati, speaks fluent Farsi and English. He said he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and had worked with Iraqi officers.
Iranian media also said, the two Kuwais detained in Iran for spying last month have been cleared of their charges and released.
But the family of Amir Mirzai Hekmati deny allegations of espionage against him.
Ali Hekmati father of Amir Mirzai Hekmati quoted by the The Associated Press on Monday said, his son was visiting his grandmothers in Tehran when he was detained and never worked for the CIA.
He said, “He is not a spy. It’s a whole bunch of lies on my good son. They have lied about any American … captured in Iran for visiting or tourism, or for any other reason.”

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