“Bob has been held against his will for eight years”, she said. Kildee said Hekmati is doing OK physically – he’s lost a lot of weight – but what he’s most concerned about is his mental state.
“With the announcement of a deal and yet silence as to the fate of Saeed and the other Americans held hostage in Iran, their fate lies now in the hands of Congress”, Naghmeh said in a statement.
“We simply cannot afford to ignore the extremely serious threat that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose to the United States and the Middle East – especially our close allies in that region”, she said.
Members of Michigan’s congressional delegation said Tuesday they will closely examine the agreement announced Tuesday between world powers and Iran to restrict that nation’s nuclear capabilities in exchange for relaxing worldwide sanctions.
“I plan to work with our Congress to make sure as they review the deal, that Saeed and the other Americans are not forgotten and are not left behind and as a Christian of course, I’ll be praying and hoping that his release will come soon”.
“Amir is an innocent man who traveled to Iran to visit family, yet there is no denying that his imprisonment has been prolonged pending an outcome in these negotiations. But it was very discouraging for me to hear that”.
As expected, the terms of the nuclear program agreement announced today don’t touch on the continued incarceration of Amir Hekmati or two other Americans incarcerated in Iran.
Hekmati’s family remains optimistic in what the nuclear deal could mean for his release. Hekmati’s family has insisted he was in Iran to visit family when he was arrested in 2011.
Their son, David, said the family desperately wants his father home.
“We are hopeful that with agreement now in place the Iranian courts will conclude this process swiftly and affirm Jason’s innocence so we can bring him home and make our family whole once again”. “This nightmare must end”. “Numerous restrictions that were supposed to prevent it from getting there will be lifted”, Netanyahu said. “I don’t know – I can’t understand – how Amir has not been a priority”.
“We have four prisoners over there…they shouldn’t be over there!” She is “deeply disappointed” in the deal that didn’t assure her husband’s release. “It is long past time that Amir be released to end his and our family’s suffering”, the family statement said.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest acknowledged this month that US diplomats have brought up the cases of Americans being detained in Iran on the sidelines of the nuclear negotiations.
“Rather than stepping away from this bad deal when he had the chance, President Obama chose to double-down on his belief that, if we are just nice to the Iranians, they will give up on their nuclear ambitions”.
As we reported at the time, the family since receiving the tape has received photos of Levinson dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit like the ones worn by detainees at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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