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Detained: August 2011
On January 16, 2015, Amir was released from Iran along with three other Americans that were also imprisoned in Iran. The release was part of an prisoner swap confirmed by the U.S. government the same day.
After his release, Hekmati departed Iran on a Swiss plane to Geneva and then traveled to a U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, where he underwent a medical evaluation. For further information please refer to his family’s website for background information.