FLINT, Mich. (Official Wire) — The family of an ex-U.S. Marine sentenced to death for spying in Iran said Friday that members have received little information about his case months after a new trial was reportedly ordered.

Amir Hekmati was accused of working for the CIA and sentenced to death in January, the first American to receive a death penalty since the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran. His family and the U.S. government have denied the allegations.

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The semiofficial ISNA news agency reported in March that Iran’s Supreme Court ordered a retrial for Hekmati.

His family released a statement Friday saying it had received “little and confusing information” about his case since then. The statement also noted that Saturday is his 29th birthday and included a prayer that he would be “given the strength to endure.”

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