March 5, 2012

New York Times: Iranian Court Orders Retrial for American in Spy Case

The Supreme Court of Iran has tossed out the death penalty conviction of a former Marine accused of spying and ordered a retrial in a separate court. It was unclear whether the Supreme Court’s reported decision to order a new trial represented a political decision in the Iranian hierarchy to offer a diplomatic gesture. “I think the government itself understood that this very quick death sentence, the timing of it, was not good for them,” said NIAC President Trita Parsi. “They want to make sure they keep this going, so they can use him as a bargaining chip.”




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