FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. State Department says it's worried about a former Marine arrested in Iran last year and accused of being a spy.
The State Department issued a statement Wednesday, one year after Amir Hekmati's arrest. He was sentenced to death in January, but Iran's Supreme Court ordered a retrial in March.
Hekmati's family and the U.S. deny the Iranian government's allegation that he worked for the CIA.
The State Department says it's relieved Hekmati is off death row but worries about his lack of legal rights and reports of his deteriorating health.
Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland calls the charges "categorically false" and says Hekmati's trial was neither fair nor open.
Hekmati was born in Arizona and raised in Michigan. His parents live in the Flint area.