Former Marine held captive in Iran going on hunger strike - WNEM TV 5

Former Marine held captive in Iran going on hunger strike

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) - A Mid-Michigan former Marine held captive in Iran is going on a hunger strike.

Flint native Amir Hekmati wrote a letter asking President Obama not to forget him.

Right now The United States and Iran continue to talk about the country's nuclear activities. Hekmati's sister said that the family is truly devastated about the hunger strike.

It's been more than three years since Hekmati was taken prisoner. He's accused by Iranian officials of spying for the United States while he says he was visiting his grandmother.

Congressman Dan Kildee released this statement regarding Hekmati's continued imprisonment in Iran:

“For over three years, Amir Hekmati has been held as a political prisoner on false charges in Iran. Amir longs every day to be reunited with his family, including his ailing father who continues to battle brain cancer. Amir has endured over 1,200 days of detention in Iran – including spending time in solitary confinement – and continues to languish in Evin prison without proper due process. Amir is innocent and it is time for him to be released by Iran.

“My commitment to fighting for Amir's release is unwavering, even in the face of his prolonged imprisonment. As his representative in Congress, I understand his fears and frustrations as he continues to be held captive. Members of Congress tell me every day that they are thinking of his confinement and praying for Amir and his family. I will continue to work with Members of Congress and the Obama Administration to press the Iranian government to release Amir, and I won't stop until he is reunited with his family.”

Click here to see the Free Amir Facebook page.

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