Vigil Planned For Ex-Marine Held By Iran

FLINT (AP) – A vigil is planned for an ex-Marine held on spying charges in Iran.

The family of Amir Hekmati says the 7 p.m. Tuesday vigil will take place Mott Community College in Flint.

Amir Hekmati was born in Arizona and raised in Michigan. His parents live in the Flint area, where father Ali Hekmati teaches at Mott Community College.

His family says the elder Hekmati had a stroke, and surgery found he had a brain tumor. He is pleading to see his son.

Ali Hekmati’s son-in-law Bilal Kurdi has said he hopes Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s appearance Wednesday at the U.N. in New York offers a chance to plea again for Amir Hekmati’s release on humanitarian grounds.

The U.S. State Department denies Iran’s accusation that Amir Hekmati was a CIA spy.

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