• 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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    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 1 day ago

      We have a choice about how we take what happens to us in our life and whether or not we allow it to turn us. We can become consumed by hate and darkness, or we're able to regain our humanity somehow, or come to terms with things and learn something about ourselves.

      Angelina Jolie

    • Juett Cooper RUSSELL, KY
      • 2 days ago

      I'm signing because he stood for us in battle and for our freedom. It is a stain on the flag of this country to let him languish in that prison of a country that constantly makes a fool of us because of Washington's PC ineptness.

      I love this country and as a busted up old man would go to any battlefield still today for our Constitution and our people. But those inside the Beltway are presenting themselves to be the greatest enemies America has, and the nation is waking up to it. This is not a threat, it's an observation! But if you want to be seen in history as a patriot and a servant, then do your jobs.

      this man the camer citizen the correct way and use and the sea silently print nine million green cards to win votes for your parties? Again any of you allow that to happen and left leave this man in prison are a stain on the Constitution, on the flag and skirts of Lady Liberty.

    • Aashish Mewada CHICAGO, IL
      • 3 days ago

      Show us that ALL Americans, even those from an Iranian background, are protected by the Government of the United States.

    • Chance Trahan TEMPE, AZ
      • 4 days ago

      This is unjust what he is being put through and deserves to live in the country he chose to fight for!!

    • Azin Aliabadi NEW YORK, NY
      • 5 days ago

      Leila is my friend and I know how much it pains her and her family to have her twin brother away from them


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