Skip to comments.Family of Former Marine Begs Iran for His Release
Posted on 03/06/2013 6:34:15 AM PST by mfish13
The family of a former U.S. Marine detained in Iran on espionage charges is begging for his freedom a year after his death sentence was overturned, saying Tuesday they only recently learned he went on a month-long hunger strike and was found unconscious.
Sarah Hekmati told The Associated Press that her family sent a letter to Iran's top leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, calling for the release of her 29-year-old brother, Amir. Iran's Supreme Court ordered a retrial for him last March, but that hasn't happened, and he's now been detained for 555 days.
Iran accuses Amir Hekmati of spying for the CIA, but U.S. officials deny the claim and his family said he went to Iran in 2011 simply to visit his grandmothers. Amir Hekmati was born in Arizona and grew up in Michigan, where his parents and sister still live.
Sarah Hekmati said her brother "went through all the appropriate channels" in preparing for the trip, including disclosing to Iranian officials that he was a U.S. soldier.
She said the family recently learned he went on the hunger strike late last year to protest his solitary confinement.
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