Dec. 1, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says it is seeking information about the fate of a dual Iranian-American citizen who was reportedly sentenced to death in Iran and executed last month.
Spokesman Mark Toner said Tuesday the department learned of the arrest and sentencing of Hamid Samiee in late October and had asked Iranian authorities through the Swiss embassy in Tehran to stay the execution. Toner said the department was still looking for information about the case and could not confirm that the execution had been carried out as reported by Iran Human Rights, an Oslo, Norway-based organization.
The group said Samiee had been arrested in Iran in 2008 and was executed by hanging on November 4 for allegedly killing an Iranian man in California. Details of that incident were not immediately clear.