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CAIR-MI Calls for Due Process on 500th Day of Captivity for U.S. Muslim in Iran

(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 1/9/2013) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) today renewed its call for due process for a Michigan Muslim on the 500th day of his indefinite detention in Iran.

Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine, has been detained in Iran since August of 2011 on allegations of espionage. Family members say that he went to Iran strictly for the purpose of visiting family and for tourism.

In January 2011, Hekmati was sentenced to death, but the conviction was later overturned due to a procedural error. Hekmati remains detained without having been given a retrial date.

SEE: Iran: Amir Mirzaei Hekmati Death Sentence Overturned, Retrial Ordered (Global Post)

CAIR officials have communicated with Iranian officials multiple times regarding the Hekmati case and have previously worked with them seeking the release of other Americans.

SEE: Michigan Islamic Council Asks Iran to Free Prisoner, Offers to Bring Him Home to Flint Family (Detroit Free Press)

“We call on the Iranian government, in the spirit of justice and mercy, to immediately grant Hekmati a fair and transparent trial or to release him,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, dwalid@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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