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Former Marine, Civilian Contractor, Amir Mirzaei Hekmati hires US Attorney

CNN’s Security Clearance  January 10, 2012

The family of an American ex-Marine sentenced to death on charges of espionage has hired a high-profile attorney with success in negotiating with Tehran to seek his release, CNN has learned.

An Iranian court convicted Amir Mirzaei Hekmati of “working for an enemy country,” as well as membership in the CIA and “efforts to accuse Iran of involvement in terrorism,” the semi-official Fars news agency reported Monday. Hekmati’s family and the U.S. government deny the allegations.


The family has hired Pierre Prosper, a former ambassador-at-large for war crimes under the Bush administration and a prosecutor for the Rwanda tribunal at The Hague, to work for his release, Prosper told CNN.

Prosper, currently a senior adviser to the presidential campaign of GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney, successfully negotiated with the Iranian government for last year’s release of Reza Taghavi, an Iranian-American businessman detained for more than two years in Iran.

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January 10, 2012 - Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractors Arrested, Iran, Legal Jurisdictions, State Department | , , , , ,

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