January 10th, 2012
03:39 AM ET

American has 20 days to appeal Iranian death sentence

Amir Mirzaie Hekmati, an American sentenced to death in Iran for espionage, has 20 days to appeal his case, according to Iranian law.

"If the sentence is appealed, then the Court of Appeals will hear the case. If not, then the sentence is final," judiciary spokesman Mohseni Ejeie, said Monday, according to the semi-official Iranian Student News Agency. The statement was the first by a judiciary official, regarding the trail and the sentence.

The semi-official Fars news agency reported earlier Monday that a court had convicted Hekmati of "working for an enemy country," as well as membership in the CIA and "efforts to accuse Iran of involvement in terrorism."


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  1. gung hoe

    How about this appeal IRAN.You have been trying to pick a fight with a sleeping giant for a long long time!.well the giant has awoken.Heres our appeal to you.You fry our guy we will fry a million of yours!!We think thats a fair exchange and the choice is yours.OH PS WE HAVE OUR DRONDS WARMING UP

    January 10, 2012 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    President A's handy work. Ransom time, so he can buy new digs and pay for his flights to other itsy bitsy peters countrries.

    January 10, 2012 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Yes, Scottish, that's it. These Iranians don't want to kill Mr. Hekmati, they want to sell him. They steal people, produce some kind of odd story that fits their "cause-of-the-day", threaten to kill them, or at least imprison them for years, then extort monet from their home country for their release. This type of action nets them money, propaganda, and attention. They do not seem to care that it also shines a focusing light upon their cowardice.

      January 31, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I know that many disagree with me, but I think that everything was much better under the Shah.
    Do you know where his children are?

    January 10, 2012 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    You also think there should be a king in the US and people should be beheaded for improper use of English i just read!

    January 10, 2012 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. Scottish Mama

    @Joey I have tried to print this 2ce and CNN will not let me. The Shah had 5 children, 2 are dead.

    January 10, 2012 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. Scottish Mama

    2 killed themselves. tis is the part CNN will not let me print.

    January 10, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. Scottish Mama

    Princess Laila in 2001 b.1970 and Prince Ali Reza in 2011 b. 1966

    January 10, 2012 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. Scottish Mama

    The 3 other children Reza, heir to defunct Iranian throne, b. 1960, farahnaz b. 1963 and oldest half sister Shahnaz b. 1940

    January 10, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. gung hoe

    Holy cow moma ur walking encyclopedia

    January 10, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @gung encyclopedia at our finger tips, could not be any easier. How have you been brother. I have been following a cancer scare with one of my children. It has been negative as of last fri. The doctors around Dec 10th were bringing up pancreatic cancer. I am glad doctors can be wrong.

      January 10, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    @Scottish Mama:

    Oh, hoe dreadful!
    I am so sorry you and your family had to go through this!
    I am so glad that the doctors were wrong too!

    January 10, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      HOW dreadful. First day with the new fingers, lol.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @banasy I do see the world differently thru the eyes of the ole fingers today. You hit that spot on.

      January 10, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |


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