Iranian Court Begins Trial of U.S. Man

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An Iranian court began hearings on Tuesday in the trial of a man who appeared on state television this month and confessed to being an American spy sent to infiltrate the intelligence services of Iran.

The man, identified as Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, an Iranian-American born in Arizona in 1983, repeated his confession to the court, the semiofficial Fars News Agency reported. He said that he was trained in languages and espionage after joining the United States Army following his high school graduation in 2001, and that he had been sent to Iran by the Central Intelligence Agency.

“In this mission I was fooled by the C.I.A., and although I had entered Iran with a mission to infiltrate in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s intelligence systems and to turn into a new source for the C.I.A., I didn’t want to hit a blow to Iran,” he was quoted as telling the judge.

In the television interview, broadcast on Dec. 18, Mr. Hekmati..

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