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Former military and security officials plea for Hekmati's release

FLINT (WKZO) --- Add the names of four former top military and security officials to the list of people trying to win the freedom of former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati of Flint from an Iranian prison.

A letter has been sent to President Obama from former Defense Secretary William Cohen, former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Peter Pace and two others.  They urge Obama to use talks with Iran over its nuclear energy program to get him back to the United States.

Hekmati has been sentenced to death and has been jailed in Iran’s Evin Prison since 2011, accused of spying for the U.S. on a visit to relatives.