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Amir Hekmati has returned to Mid-Michigan

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Amir Hekmati (right) poses with Rep. Dan Kildee (left). Photo courtesy: Dan Kildee Amir Hekmati (right) poses with Rep. Dan Kildee (left). Photo courtesy: Dan Kildee
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    A source close to Iran's judiciary has told The Associated Press that four Iranian-Americans have been freed from prison in Iran: Washington Post bureau chief Jason Rezaian as well as Mid-Michigan native Amir Hekmati and two others; Saeed Abedini and Siamak Namazi. 

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    A source close to Iran's judiciary has told The Associated Press that four Iranian-Americans have been freed from prison in Iran: Washington Post bureau chief Jason Rezaian as well as Mid-Michigan native Amir Hekmati and two others; Saeed Abedini and Siamak Namazi. 

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Amir Hekmati, 32, returned to Mid-Michigan shortly after 4 p.m. on Jan. 21.

He made a brief statement to reporters gathered to meet him at Bishop International Airport in Flint before moving to a private hanger to greet his extended family.

The U.S. Marine was imprisoned in Iran in 2011 while visiting his grandmother. He was taken captive and accused of being a spy.

In January 2012 Hekmati was sentenced to death. That sentence was overturned in March 2012 and a new trial was ordered. He was tried in December 2013 where he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

On Jan. 16, 2016 news was released that Hekmati, along with three other Americans, were being released from Iran as part of a deal to release seven Iranians in U.S. custody.

Hekmati's family and Congressman Dan Kildee flew to Germany on Jan. 18 where Hekmati was being treated at a medical center.

"I am learning more about the grassroots support I received from ordinary people from across the world over the past 4 1/2 years. I wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything you have done to keep my name a part of the conversation and for the kindness and support that you have given my family during the darkest period of our lives. God bless you all," Hekmati said in a Facebook post on Jan. 20.

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