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Amir Hekmati

Amir Hekmati

Flint, Mich. — A 32-year-old U.S. Marine was happy to be home here today after being released in a prisoner exchange deal between the United States and Iran.
Amir Hekmati flew back to Flint today after spending more than four years incarcerated by Iran after he had gone to Tehran on a family visit back in 2011.
Talking to the people and media on hand to greet him, Amir told them he was “standing there” “healthy, tall and with my head held high.” He thanked all the people who worked to get him free.
Amir had originally been arrested by Iran for espionage and was sentenced to death, and when he appealed he was given a 10-year sentence for cooperating with hostile governments.
Amir was one of several released in the prisoner exchange including Washington Post journalist Jason Razian.

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