STATEMENT BY THE FAMILY OF AMIR HEKMATI
FATHER’S HEALTH DIRE; FAMILY TO TRAVEL TO LONDON AND VIENNA TO SUPPORT RELEASE
For those aware of Amir Hekmati’s situation being held in Iran’s Evin Prison, you know that Amir’s father Dr. Ali Hekmati has terminal brain cancer. Falsely accused of being a spy, Amir traveled to Iran to see the country of his roots and because his ailing grandmother asked him to visit. Now, along with his father’s situation, Amir himself has recurring and serious health issues. For example, he has repeated lung infections resulting from solitary confinement.
Dr. Hekmati’s health, over the course of the past few weeks and as indicated by his specialists, has worsened and his situation is dire. He desperately wants to see his son once more. This is occurring while various elements globally and in Iran work to secure Amir’s release and the Permanent Five Nations plus Germany negotiate with Iran in Vienna to secure a nuclear agreement by June 30.
Given these factors, members of Amir’s family will travel from the state of Michigan in the United States to London and Vienna, arriving in the UK today, Thursday, June 25. Joining the family will be Amir Champion Montel Williams – an American television personality, human-rights advocate and veterans-rights supporter.
Amir’s family has assiduously avoided linking Amir to the nuclear talks, and does not want to insert him now. They do, however, want their innocent son home. Given the fact that he has served more than three years in Evin Prison, Amir is eligible under Iranian law to be released, given the charges against him.
His family, therefore, sees an opportunity to secure Amir’s release: given Dr. Hekmati’s health situation, Iran’s efforts to reenter the international community, the fact that we are in the holy period of Ramadan and the comments of many, particularly in the U.S. Congress, that the release of Amir would help Iran reenter the international community and would help to pass a nuclear agreement. In a recent hearing by the United States Congress’ House Foreign Affairs Committee, several members of Congress called for Amir’s release and indicated that his release would be important if Iran wants to rejoin the international community.