Family: Ex-US Marine convicted in Iran, sentenced to 10 years prison

April 12, 2014 2:07 AM

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Washington (CNN) -- Former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati has been convicted in Iran by a secret court of "practical collaboration with the U.S. government" and sentenced to 10 years in prison, his sister told CNN on Friday.

The news follows a public campaign by Hekmati's family to win his release from Iran, where he has been held for nearly three years under Iran's claim that he was an American spy.

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