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Art aims to help former Marine jailed in Iran

Nov. 9, 2012 - 07:35AM   |   Last Updated: Nov. 9, 2012 - 07:35AM  |  
This undated photo released by the Michigan family of Amir Hekmati via FreeAmir.org shows the former Marine, who is being held in a prison in Iran on accusations of spying for the CIA.
This undated photo released by the Michigan family of Amir Hekmati via FreeAmir.org shows the former Marine, who is being held in a prison in Iran on accusations of spying for the CIA. (Hekmati family / FreeAmir.org via AP)
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DETROIT An art exhibition opening next week in Detroit aims to help build support for the release of a former Marine imprisoned in Iran on espionage charges.

Amir Hekmati was arrested while visiting his grandmothers in Iran in August 2011. The exhibit "Jailed Humanity: In Support of an American's quest for freedom from an Iranian Prison" will open Nov. 17 at 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studios in the Detroit Police Department's former Third Precinct station.

The exhibit is curated by Amir Hekmati's sister Sarah Hekmati and artist Manal Kadry. It's scheduled to run through Dec. 2.

Amir Hekmati was born in Arizona and raised in Michigan. His parents live in the Flint area. The U.S. government has repeatedly denied that Hekmati is a spy.

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