Former US Marine Sues Iran over Imprisonment

Amir Hekmati waves after arriving on a private flight at Bishop International Airport, Jan. 21, 2016, in Flint, Mich. The 32-year-old Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine was released from an Iranian prison as part of a deal with Iran. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine who was imprisoned in Iran for more than four years after being sentenced to death for spying, is suing Tehran for alleged torture during his time in detention, his attorneys said Tuesday.

The lawsuit, stating that Hekmati was arrested on fabricated charges and then tortured by his captors, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. It seeks unspecified economic, compensatory and punitive damages from Tehran.

"Iran’s treatment of Amir Hekmati was utterly contemptible," his attorney, Scott D. Gilbert said in a statement released by his office.

The complaint charges Hekmati was subjected to prolonged physical and psychological abuse, "including beatings, electric Taser-ing, sleep deprivation and the forced ingestion of dangerous drugs."

Hekmati was arrested in August 2011, soon after flying into Tehran to visit his family. The following year, the dual American-Iranian citizen was tried, convicted and sentenced to death on espionage charges.

That conviction was overturned on appeal by Iran’s supreme court, which ordered a retrial. The espionage charges were then…

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