Former US Marine released from Iran grateful for support

Photo - Free Amir Hekmati, Facebook

(WLNS) – A former U.S. Marine recently released from Iran in a prisoner-swap deal says he’s grateful to be home in Michigan.

Amir Hekmati emerged from a plane Thursday afternoon at Flint’s Bishop International Airport. He expressed appreciation for the “many people” who “traveled this road with me.”

The 32-year-old Hekmati was at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany since his weekend release. He recounted Tuesday how disbelief turned to joy when he and three fellow Americans realized they were being freed.

Asked about his 4½ years in Iranian prison, Hekmati said “it wasn’t good,” but that his Marine training helped sustain him.

Convicted by an Iranian court of spying and sentenced to death in 2012, Hekmati was later retried and given a 10-year sentence on a lesser charge.

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