Amir Hekmati files lawsuit against Iran - WNEM TV 5

Amir Hekmati files lawsuit against Iran

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Former U.S. Marine and Iranian prisoner Amir Hekmati has sued Iran.

In the suit, he says he was falsely imprisoned and tortured for four-and-a-half years by the Iranian government.

Hekmati, who grew up in Flint, was taken prisoner in 2011 while visiting his grandmother. In the lawsuit, his lawyer’s claim that just two days before he was scheduled to return to Michigan, Iranian officials arrested him without warning as he was getting ready to attend a family holiday celebration.

When he didn’t arrive at the party family members went to where he had been staying, and found that Hekmati’s phone, computer, camera and passport were missing. They say it was clear that the apartment had been broken into and that a struggle had taken place.

His family wasn’t able to find out where he was being held for another two-and-a-half months.

In January 2012 he was sentenced to death, a sentence that was overturned two months later.

He was then tried in December 2013 where he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

During that time Hekmati says he whipped at the bottom of his feet, struck by an electrical Taser to his kidney area, forced to stay in stress positions for hours at a time and hit with batons.

He goes on to say that prison guards threw water on his cell floor to keep him from sleeping, and a bright light was kept on 24 hours a day to invoke sensory deprivation.

The suit also claims that he was forced to take lithium and other addictive pills, and then the pills stopped to invoke withdrawal symptoms. Hekmati also claims he was denied proper medical care and suffered severe malnutrition.

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.

He returned back to Michigan later that month.

Read the full lawsuit below.

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