U.S. President Barack Obama pressed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani today over the detention of three Americans in Iran, including one-time game developer Amir Hekmati, who has been jailed on espionage charges since late 2011. The discussion occurred over the phone during a conversation that largely focused on the… »
The death sentence imposed on Amir Mirzaei Hekmati today
A U.S.-born man who appeared to confess on Iranian state television last month that he allegedly spied for America—actions that supposedly included doing work for a video game development studio purported to be a CIA front—has been sentenced to death by the Iranian government.
When Iranian state TV aired the alleged confession of a homegrown spy on Sunday night, Amir Mirza Hekmati's recitation of supposed wrongdoings included the standard claims of working as mole for the American Government along with a less common twist: that he'd supposedly worked for a video game company that was… »