Iran urged by Secretary John Kerry to release US Marine
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has called on Iran
to release Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine detained for about three years.
Kerry said the American-Iranian, who was arrested in August 2011 as a Central
Intelligence Agency spy, was “unjustly” detained while visiting his family in Iran.
“We respectfully request that the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran release
Mr. Hekmati so that he may be reunited with his family in the United States,” Kerry
said in a statement released on the occasion of the Memorial Day.
“Mr. Hekmati has spent almost three years in an Iranian prison on false espionage
charges,” he added. “We remain especially concerned about reports of Mr. Hekmati’s
health in prison.”
Hekmati was condemned to death in January 2012 but the sentence was overturned
two months later by Iran’s Supreme Court after his appeal. The country’s
Revolutionary Court then charged him with “cooperating with hostile governments”
and sentenced him to 10 years in prison.