• Petitioning John Kerry (Secretary of State)

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Speak out for Amir Hekmati and help secure his freedom from Iranian prison

    1. Sarah Hekmati
    2. Petition by

      Sarah Hekmati

      Lathrup Village, MI

Amir Hekmati – a loving son and brother, American citizen, and decorated Marine veteran – has been held in Iran’s Evin prison for over three years.

On August 29, 2011, a few days before he was to return home from a trip to Iran to visit his ailing grandmother, Amir disappeared. This was the first time he had seen his grandmother since he was a child. It was also his first trip to Iran. Days later, his discovered that he had been detained by Iranian intelligence forces. He has been languishing in Evin prison since.

In January of 2012, Amir was charged with being an American spy and sentenced to death. In March of 2012, an appeals court lifted the death sentence and ordered a new trial, citing insufficient evidence. Amir languished in solitary confinement for sixteen months, waiting for the opportunity to defend himself. At the time, his family had received no calls, no letters, and knew nothing of his well-being.

In December of 2013, Amir’s new trial finally took place and he was convicted of collaborating with a hostile county presumably because of his service in the United States military. This trial was a secret trial, held behind closed doors. Amir’s was not given the opportunity to defend himself, nor was his lawyer present. In fact, Amir did not find out until April of 2014 that the trial took place and he had been condemned to 10 years in prison.

To make matters worse, while Amir has been imprisoned in Iran, his father in Michigan was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. After enduring brain surgery and additional cancer treatments, he recently suffered three strokes that left him hospitalized and requiring rehabilitation. The need for Amir to be released and to return home is immediate.

Please join us in our fight to bring Amir home by signing this petition asking President Obama, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the State Department , and our elected officials to do everything they can to bring Amir home – to bring him back to the country he defended, to bring him back to the family that loves him, to bring him back to his father. Before it is too late.

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    • Carey Ann Atherton OWENSBORO, UNITED STATES
      • 3 minutes ago

      1) He went to #Iran to visit his ailing grandmother...and disappeared.

      2) He had been arrested & was later charged with being an American spy. HE WAS SENTENCED TO DEATH.

      3) He languished IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT FOR 16 MONTHS waiting to defend himself. During this time, his family had NO COMMUNICATION & NO CLUE how he was doing.

      4) In a secret, closed-door trial, Amir was convicted of "collaborating with a hostile country" presumably because he had served as a United States Marine! He was denied a lawyer & could not defend himself. He was condemned to 10 YEARS in prison.

      5) While Amir has been stuck in the horrid #Evin prison, back in Michigan, his father was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. He is dying as you read this.

      PLEASE, SIGN THIS PETITION to help #FreeAmir & get him back to the country HE DEFENDED before it's too late!!!

    • Melissa Lemon GROSSE POINTE, MI
      • about 8 hours ago

      Amir is a family member of my great friend and that in my eyes, is family to me. Amir has served FOR the american people and should be not only honored, but praised for his selflessness. He needs to be home with his family and especially his father.

    • Kim Kowalski DEER PARK, TX
      • about 9 hours ago

      we don't leave our men & women behind. This is wrong not to get this VET home where he belongs w/his family.

    • Rachel Fogelsonger FLUSHING, MI
      • about 20 hours ago

      Amir's father was my professor for microbiology. He is a nice man and deserves to see his son again. Moreover, there is an innocent veteran/son/brother/uncle/American man trapped in a prison a world away who needs to see his family and have his freedom back.

    • Kristi Packer SWARTZ CREEK, MI
      • 1 day ago

      Amir should be home with his family.


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