Michigan man held in Iran is not CIA spy, father says

An Iranian-American from Michigan who appeared on Iran’s state TV is not a CIA spy as authorities in that country claim and was visiting relatives when he was detained, his father said Monday.

Iran’s state TV broadcast video Sunday of 28-year-old Amir Mirzaei Hekmati and said he was a CIA spy who sought to infiltrate Iran’s secret services. The TV said he had received special training and served at U.S. military bases before heading to Iran.

But Ali Hekmati told The Associated Press Monday that his son was visiting his grandmothers in Tehran when he was detained and never worked for the CIA.


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