Congressman's resolution seeks freedom for ex-Marine in Iran



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FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan congressman has introduced a bipartisan resolution saying Iran should immediately release jailed ex-Marine Amir Hekmati and "all detained Americans" and provide information on those who've "disappeared within its borders."

Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee said Thursday that Republican Raul Labrador of Idaho and Democrats Jared Huffman of California and Ted Deutsch of Florida are co-sponsoring the resolution.

Kildee says in a statement Iran "cannot be taken seriously as a member of the global community" if it holds Hekmati and other "innocent Americans."

Kildee's district includes the Flint area, where Hekmati's family lives. His relatives attended a concert this week at Mott Community College, where a song written for Hekmati was performed.

He was arrested in 2011 while visiting relatives in Iran. He's serving a 10-year prison sentence.

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