Dozens of people attending a rally in Michigan have released balloons to mark the four-year anniversary of Iran’s refusal to free Amir Hekmati, a former Marine from Michigan.
“He feels like this is a now-or-never opportunity,” she said.
“I can tell that he’s reached a point where he’s desperately seeking measures to help get his point across,” Amir Hekmati’s sister told WWJ.
Amir Hekmati’s family, which lives in Flint, Michigan, says he is innocent and only went to Iran to visit his grandmothers.
Amir Hekmati was arrested in August 2011 while visiting his grandmothers and sentenced to death for spying, but he later was convicted of “cooperating with hostile governments” and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
An Iranian news agency is reporting that an appeals court has overturned a death sentence of a Michigan man convicted of working for the CIA, instead sentencing him to 10 years in prison.
Amir Hekmati has been held in Iran on spying charges for more than two years.
Amir Hekmati has spent more than two years in prison after traveling to Iran to visit his grandmothers.
The family of a former local marine who’s spent the past two years in an Iranian prison is holding a fundraiser to help secure this release.
The mother, sister and brother-in-law of Amir Hekmati were in Washington this week, meeting State Department officials and members of Congress.