Mother visits American condemned to die in Iran
The mother of Amir Hekmati visited her son last month, sources close to the family said.
February 22nd, 2012
05:23 AM ET

Mother visits American condemned to die in Iran

(CNN) - The mother of Amir Hekmati, an American sentenced to death in Iran for espionage, visited her son last month, sources close to the family said.

Behnaz Hekmati traveled to Iran alone at the end of January and was able to see her son. She has since returned back to Flint, Michigan.

Hekmati, who served in the U.S. Marines from 2001 to 2005, was arrested in August while visiting his grandmother and other relatives in Iran. His family has said he made the trip after obtaining permission from the Iranian Interests Section of the Pakistani Embassy in Washington.

Iran's semiofficial Fars news agency has reported that he was convicted of espionage, "working for an enemy country," being a member of the CIA and "efforts to accuse Iran of involvement in terrorism."

In January, Hekmati's lawyer said the ex-Marine's case should be judged on humanitarian, not political grounds. Pierre Prosper said he was at risk of falling victim to the animosity between the United States and Iran.

"What worries me most is that this case is entrapped in an intense political environment," the U.S.-based lawyer said.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. drew peacock

    We should not let this fellow die at the hands of these murderous souless animals! Take iran out now. Quick and fast

    Montgomery is awesome!!

    March 11, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  2. Drew Peacock

    Iran sucks! USA and Israel should take em out–we need their oil. The dictators are animals-they have no souls.

    Montgomery is awesome!!

    March 4, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  3. ldean50

    What Iran fails to realize is that by executing this young man they demostrate that they are indeed guilty, "of terrorism"...

    February 29, 2012 at 8:41 am | Reply
  4. Dixie Normus

    Dixie Normus

    Drew is right–I am watching CNN right now and they are saying that there is NO Economic recovery in sight–it is merely and Economy that is bouncing off the bottom. Wonder if Iran is planning their BS to drive price of oil up in order to further hurt the economies of Europe and USA?? How high will the price of OIL go to ?? Anyone??

    Montgomery is awesome!!

    February 26, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Reply
  5. really son?

    Where did you hear he is a spy? Or are you just doing the same thing that you claim the US is guilty of?

    February 22, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Reply
  6. Washington

    Anyone knows why always their fathers are hiding and their mother are visiting them??????????????????

    February 22, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
    • really son?

      Hoping a mothers love is compelling enough to release him and a father being present would maybe detract from receiving sympathy???

      February 22, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Reply
    • Golagha

      Wrong , Their father are JEWS and they don't want the Iranians and the Media know that.

      February 23, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply
      • really son?

        source?

        February 23, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
  7. fchrist

    You want iran to get rid of its nuclear program but you refuse to get rid of yours or tell israel to get rid of its nuke, this is laughable, stupid and insulting, it just as if you consider yourself morally more advance compare to others which is to me amazing thoughts

    February 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
    • Snap

      Upset much? Is it because your realizing that morals are subjective, and the west is going to destroy your nation regardless to whether its fair or not?

      February 24, 2012 at 9:52 am | Reply
  8. fchrist

    You getting ready to arm rebel group in Syria under the pretext of democracy. democracy you denies to the shia section of the Barhain , this is ridiculous, before criticising Syria please assist or arm the opposition in Saoudi Arabia, Quatar instead of the corrupt armies of those countries.

    February 22, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  9. fchrist

    This is a lie, he is an CIA agent , don't fool anybody, stop threatening Iran, you even go to the lenght of allowing MKO terrorist group to advertise on your channel so tell me where is credibilty left with CNN,?

    February 22, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  10. Shadow knows

    Iran is corrupted Nation and stupid Ill nuke Iran

    February 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply
    • Washington

      You forgot George Bush and the man that he never had sex with that woman.

      February 22, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Reply

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