Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

June 18, 2013

Levin: American no spy, Iran should release him

Levin pleads for ex-Marine’s release

FLINT — Carl Levin has taken to the floor of the U.S. Senate to plead for the release of an American ex-Marine imprisoned in Iran on spying accusations.

The Michigan Democrat says there’s no evidence that Amir Hekmati “was engaged in espionage of any kind” when he visited his family in Iran in 2011.

In a speech last Wednesday and reported in the Congressional Record, Levin says the evidence used in an earlier trial of Hekmati “was deeply flawed.”

The Iranian Supreme Court overturned his death sentence, and Hekmati remains imprisoned awaiting a new trial.

U.S. officials have repeatedly denied that Hekmati was a spy.

Hekmati was born in Arizona and grew up in Michigan, and his parents live in the Flint area.

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