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Congressman Dan Kildee on Senate Resolution Calling for Release of Amir Hekmati, Other American Political Prisoners in Iran

May 12, 2015
Press Release

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed a resolution calling on Iran to immediately release Amir Hekmati and the other American prisoners it holds, as well as cooperate with the U.S. to locate and return any Americans who went missing in Iran: “I applaud the Senate for taking bipartisan action to tell Iran that it cannot continue to hold innocent political prisoners like Amir Hekmati. It is important that Congress speaks with one voice on this important matter telling Iran that it must release the Americans it holds if they expect to be accepted or trusted in the international community. Iran says it seeks to reengage other world nations, and the world is now watching and waiting to see if their words will be matched by actions. Iran can act today to release Amir and the other American political prisoners they hold.” Congressman Kildee represents the Hekmati family in Congress. Since being in Congress, he has tirelessly fought for Amir’s freedom. Earlier this month, Congressman Kildee introduced a bipartisan House resolution expressing the sense of Congress that Iran should immediately release American citizens it holds. The bipartisan resolution was also originally cosponsored by other Members of Congress who also represent the families of Americans being held or missing in Iran, including Congressmen Jared Huffman (CA-02), Raul Labrador (ID-01) and Ted Deutch (FL-21). It currently has 43 cosponsors, both Democrats and Republicans.