Amir Hekmati
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A U.S. judge has ordered Iran to pay $63.5 million to a former U.S. Marine who was jailed in that country for more than four years, The Associated Press reported.

The ruling was handed down on Friday by Judge Ellen Huvelle of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., the report said.

The judge granted Amir Hekmati's motion for a default judgment after Iran failed to respond to the complaint.

Hekmati, who was released in January 2016 as part of a prisoner exchange, alleged he was falsely imprisoned and tortured.

It's unclear if Hekmati will get any of the money, which consists of economic and punitive damages as well as those for "pain and suffering" during and after imprisonment.

Hekmati, who was arrested in Iran 2011, was put on trial and found guilty of spying for the CIA. He was subsequently sentenced to death, a penalty that was eventually overturned and reduced to 10 years in prison.

Hekmati’s family and the U.S. government repeatedly stressed that he was not a spy and went to Iran to visit his grandmother, but Iran refused to release him until the prisoner swap last year, which came hours before the sanctions on Iran were lifted as part of the implementation of the nuclear deal.

Along with Hekmati, four other Americans were released in that deal in exchange for the U.S. releasing seven Iranians either convicted or awaiting trial in the U.S.

An email sent Monday by The Associated Press seeking comment from Hekmati's family was not returned. Hekmati's attorney Scott Gilbert said in a statement they are pleased with the decision, and "will do everything in our power to ensure that Amir's claim is paid in full."

The lawsuit alleges that Hekmati was whipped at the bottom of his feet, electrocuted in the kidneys with a Taser, forced to stay "in stress positions for hours at a time, and hit with batons."

It says he had "virtually no human contact for 17 months," and alleges he was forced to ingest lithium and other addictive pills which were then withheld to induce withdrawal symptoms, among other abuses described.

A court document filed Friday and quoted by AP said Hekmati "continued to suffer from his detention" after his release and return to the U.S. It shows that he has been evaluated "in relationship to the psychiatric effects of his imprisonment," but details about a diagnosis and his overall condition were redacted.