WASHINGTON, May 26 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday called on Iran to release Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine detained for about three years.
The top U.S. diplomat said the American-Iranian, who was arrested in August 2011 as a Central Intelligence Agency spy, was "unjustly" detained while visiting his family in Iran.
"We respectfully request that the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran release Mr. Hekmati so that he may be reunited with his family in the United States," Kerry said in a statement released on the occasion of the Memorial Day.
"Mr. Hekmati has spent almost three years in an Iranian prison on false espionage charges," he added. "We remain especially concerned about reports of Mr. Hekmati's health in prison."
Hekmati was condemned to death in January 2012 but the sentence was overturned two months later by Iran's Supreme Court after his appeal. The country's Revolutionary Court then charged him with "cooperating with hostile governments" and sentenced him to 10 years in prison.