Family of Marine Jailed in Iran: 'We'd Like State Dept. to Do More'
Family members of a former Marine jailed in Iran are calling on the State Department to do more to free their loved one.
Amir Hekmati’s sister, Sarah Hekmati, and his brother-in-law, Dr. Ramy Kurdi, went “On The Record” tonight, where they asked the State Department to show resolve in bringing Hekmati home.
Hekmati has been jailed in Iran’s worst prison for more than three-and-a-half years. He was accused of espionage, but his family says he was just visiting relatives in Iran.
Kurdi said that Hekmati is “malnourished” and “emaciated.” He said his brother-in-law has lost more than 30 pounds while in prison.
Sarah Hekmati told Greta Van Susteren that her brother felt his role in the Marines was crucial.
“He always valued his service,” she said. “He learned so much from his opportunity to serve in Iraq and to be able to help translate for officials there.”
Kurdi said Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) has been in the family’s corner 100 percent and has been a champion for Hekmati. But Kurdi said that the family would like to see the State Department do more to bring Hekmati home.
“We’d like them to do more, without question. They’ve shown that they can do more for other people. We’d like them to do everything they can for Amir because Amir put his life on the line for this country, he’d do it again. Bring him home, he’d do it right now. And we want the State Department to show that same resolve,” Kurdi said.