American held in Iran writes letter to John Kerry

DETROIT (AP) — A former U.S. Marine held in Iran describes the miserable prison conditions he has endured in a new letter to the U.S. secretary of state.

Amir Hekmati also says Tehran is holding him hostage for use in a possible prisoner exchange according the letter addressed to John Kerry and published by Britain’s Guardian newspaper on Wednesday.

Family spokesman Greg Romano told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Hekmati’s sister, Sarah (SAR’-uh), authenticated the letter. She says the handwriting is her brother’s as is the letter’s tone.

Romano says Amir Hekmati gave the letter to an unnamed person who then provided it to the Guardian.

Hekmati has been detained on what the U.S. says are false espionage charges. He grew up in Michigan. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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