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12/24/14

Ex-U.S. Marine Held In Iran Suspends Hunger Strike

Source: RFE/RL

The family of a former U.S. Marine imprisoned in Iran says he has suspended a hunger strike after authorities agreed to reexamine his case.


Free Amir

Amir Hekmati, 31, told his family by telephone on December 16 that he was beginning the hunger strike.

He also dictated a letter asking U.S. President Obama not to forget him as dialogue continues between Washington and Tehran over Iran's nuclear program.


A family member pleading for Amir Hekmati's release
Source: Free Amir

In an email to The Associated Press on December 23, Hekmati's family said it learned that he agreed to suspend his hunger strike after Evin prison officials promised to "take certain steps to have his case revisited" by government authorities.

Hekmati, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, was arrested in 2011 and sentenced to 10 years in prison for collaborating with the U.S. government. Hekmati and the U.S. government say he is innocent.

Based on reporting by AP


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