626 days and counting. That’s how long a young Iranian-American man from Flint has been in police custody in Tehran.
Two years ago, Amir Hekmati traveled to Iran to visit his grandmother. Iranian officials accused Hekmati of spying for the CIA, seizing the ex-Marine and throwing him into prison.
In January 2012, Hekmati was sentenced to death for his alleged conspiring with the U.S. government.
Later, the Iranian Supreme Court overturned his sentence, but Hekmati is still waiting in prison for a retrial — with no apparent end in sight.
But Hekmati’s family, based in Michigan, hasn’t stopped fighting for Amir’s release.
Since his arrest in 2011, Amir’s family has posted pictures in Times Square, hosted art exhibitions in Detroit, and urged state officials in Washington to move on the case.
“We’re not getting a lot of movement from Iran,” Amir’s sister Sarah Hekmati told us on Stateside. “But we’re trying to raise awareness of the situation.”