The Iranian government has issued the death penalty to Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, a 28-year-old Iranian-American man. Iran has charged him with espionage, and claims that he was working with the CIA to make Iran seem guilty of terrorism. Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine, claims that he was simply visiting his grandmothers who still live in Iran. The U.S. State Department says that the charges of spying are false, and it's working to help Hekmati fight the sentence. Why do you think U.S. officials have accused Iranians of exploiting Hekmati for political gain? Learn more .
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