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US Rep. Dan Kildee joins family of man marking 3rd year of imprisonment in Iran at vigil

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BAY CITY, Michigan — U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee has joined a Bay City vigil marking the third anniversary of the Iranian imprisonment of a former U.S. Marine.

PHOTO: U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, Mich., speaks during a Free Amir rally at Dunlop's Downtown in Bay City, Mich., on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Looking on is Amir Hekmati's sister, Sarah Hekmati. U.S. Marine Corps veteran Amir Hekmati, formerly of Flint, has been imprisoned in Iran since Aug. 29, 2011, for cooperating with a hostile nation, the U.S. (AP Photo/The Bay City Times, Danielle McGrew)
U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, Mich., speaks during a Free Amir rally at Dunlop's Downtown in Bay City, Mich., on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Looking on is Amir Hekmati's sister, Sarah Hekmati. U.S. Marine Corps veteran Amir Hekmati, formerly of Flint, has been imprisoned in Iran since Aug. 29, 2011, for cooperating with a hostile nation, the U.S. (AP Photo/The Bay City Times, Danielle McGrew)

The Flint Democrat stood alongside family members of Amir Hekmati Friday morning at Dunlop's Downtown. Hekmati was born in Arizona, raised in Michigan and his parents live in the Flint area.

Amir Hekmati was arrested in August 2011 while visiting his grandmothers and sentenced to death for spying. Iran's Supreme Court annulled the sentence, but he later was convicted of "cooperating with hostile governments" and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Kildee says in a statement that Hekmati has been "wrongfully held ... for crimes he did not commit." He adds Iran could show it "is serious about rejoining the global community" by releasing Hekmati.

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