…We’d Like the State Dept. to Do More
1,316 days that’s how long Amir Hekmati, an American marine has been held in a brutal Iranian prison, the one known for torture. Now Amir Hekmati’s sister, Sarah Hekmati, and his brother-in-law join us from Amir’s hometown in Flint, Michigan.
Listen to Montel and the family of US Marine veteran Amir Hekmati:
~ We dedicate this to our nephew, who has been a Marine for 12 years so far.
Let’s all go “Off the Record” for minute. Why is it just Montel Williams?
Where is everyone?
We have a US Marine veteran Amir Hekmati being head by Iran in their worst prison, known for torture, and the only one I hear talking about it and showing outrage is Marine veteran Montel Williams.
Montel Williams is determined not to leave a fellow serviceman behind:
In August 2011, Iranian-American Amir Hekmati was detained by authorities in Iran while visiting family. His imprisonment on false charges continues.
Amir is an Iranian-American detained in Iran while visiting his grandmother. Falsely accused of being a spy, he was detained in August of 2011, held in solitary confinement for months and hidden by the walls of Iran’s Evin prison.
He was sentenced to death in January of 2012, the first American to receive the death penalty in Iran in over 33 years. His death sentence was overturned by a higher court in March 2012 based on insufficient evidence, and a new trial ordered. Amir languished behind the walls of Evin prison, his fate looming over his head.
In April of 2014, it was discovered that Amir was tried and sentenced to ten years in a secret, closed-door proceeding – a proceeding in December 2013 that Amir and his attorney were not informed of and were not given the opportunity attend.
Amir’s father, battling brain cancer, recently suffered a stroke that has left him hospitalized. His father fears he will never hold Amir in his arms again.
April 1st Audio: Marine held in Iran speaks out:
Amir Hekmati, a US Marine makes plea for help, accused Iranian government of using him as a bargaining chip…
He has been put in 3 by 3 cells. He has been whipped on his feet. He has been addicted to drugs so that they can torture him through his withdrawal. This has been happening for three and a half years and there is not a person in this country knows that a US Marine has been sitting there in prison this long. I think this is an abomination. ~ Montel Williams
It’s bad enough that we have a Marine veteran sitting in an Iranian prison left behind, but now we are leaving Montel behind. We should all be standing by and with Montel, helping him.