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Lawyer: US offers prisoner exchange for detained ex-marine

Report: Washington offers exchange of Iranian prisoners for detained American ex-marine

Lawyer: US offers prisoner exchange for detained ex-marine

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's semiofficial ISNA news agency is saying the United States has proposed an exchange of Iranian prisoners in the U.S. for a former U.S. Marine currently in prison in Iran.

The Tuesday report quotes Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaei, the lawyer for Amir Hekmati, as saying Washington's proposal was delivered to the Iranian government via the Swiss embassy -- which represents Washington's interests in Iran.

Hekmati, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen born in Arizona, was arrested in August 2011 and sentenced to death for spying. Earlier this year, authorities overturned his death sentence and reduced his sentence to 10 years in prison.

Tabatabaei did not reveal further details, but said he hopes Iran will accept the offer.


Updated : 2021-02-27 15:13 GMT+08:00