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Amir Hekmati retried in secret in Iran, sentenced to serve 10 years

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(04/11/14) - The fight to free Amir Hekmati may have gotten more complicated.

Amir's family tells ABC12 news that their loved one was secretly retried and convicted in Iran last December.

We've learned that conviction will carry a 10 year prison sentence.

Hekmati, who is from Genesee County, has been in an Iranian prison for nearly 3 years.

The ex-marine was arrested in Iran while visiting his grandmothers in 2011.

He was later convicted of espionage and sentenced to death.

That sentence was overturned, but he remained in jail.

Since then, his family has been waiting for a retrial or fighting to get him out.

Despite this latest ruling, his family still has hope because they say Amir's file is under review by senior officials in Iran.

"We are hoping for mercy, based on the Iranian government review of the case... Amir is our family, he is an innocent man and has always been, we are not fighting the charge so much as appealing for his release," said family member Ramy Kurdi.

Stay with ABC12 for continuing coverage as the case develops.

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