Congressman Dan Kildee, Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich Call on Iran to Release Flint Resident Amir Hekmati, Other Political Prisoners

LANSING – Today, on the 1379th day of Flint resident Amir Hekmati’s unlawful imprisonment in Iran, Congressman Dan Kildee (D-Flint) and Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) announced a new bipartisan resolution in the Michigan State Senate calling Iran to release their constituent, Hekmati, along with other American political prisoners being unjustly held in Iran. The State Senate resolution, introduced by Leader Ananich and co-sponsored by Senators Ken Horn (R-Frankenmuth) and David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights), is in support of Congressman Kildee’s resolution in the U.S. Congress calling for Amir’s freedom.

“If Iran is serious about rejoining the global community, it must release Amir Hekmati and the other American political prisoners it holds,” Congressman Kildee said. “Congress, in a bipartisan fashion, has already spoken with one voice calling on Iran to release Amir, and now state legislatures are helping to raise attention about his continued captivity. I want to thank Senators Ananich, Horn and Knezek for their bipartisan efforts to help bring Amir home. Amir is innocent and should be released immediately so he can be reunited with his family in Michigan.”

Congressman Kildee recently introduced House Resolution 233, which urges Iran to release Hekmati and other American political prisoners it holds. The House Foreign Affairs Committee passed the resolution unanimously last week during a hearing.

“We want Amir to know: you are not forgotten,” Senator Ananich said. “We are thinking of him every day, and doing everything in our power to secure his safe return to his family in Michigan. It’s unthinkable and inexcusable for Iran to continue holding Amir as a political prisoner. That it has continued this long is unconscionable. It’s time for Iran to stop playing politics with innocent people’s lives, and free Amir Hekmati, and every other American citizen they’re holding.”

Amir Hekmati is a former U.S. Marine and Flint native who has been unjustly detained in Iran on false charges since 2011. Congressman Kildee has worked in close coordination with the Hekmati family since taking office in 2013 to try and secure his release.


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