A US Marine veteran who sat out prison time in Iran on suspicion of spying is now looking to get paid- in the form of monies from a fund intended for victims of terrorism.
Amir Hekmati’s lawyer, Scott Gilbert, filed the lawsuit yesterday in a federal claims court after it was determined that Hekmati may be able cash-in.
Arizona-born and raised in Michigan, Hekmati was detained in 2011 and released five years alter in a prisoner exchange. During his imprisonment, Hekmati was allegedly tortured.
According to Associated Press,a federal judge ruled that Hekmati was eligible for $63.5 million, and that Iran must pay, though the US Victims of State-Sponsored Terrorism Fund has refused to compensate the Marine veteran.
In October, the Justice Department said that it was suspending payment and asking to fund’s administrator to re-consider eligibility.
Hekmati served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 20 August 2001 to 19 August 2005, when he was discharged as a Sergeant.
After his discharge, Hekmati founded Lucid Linguistics LLC in February 2006 and worked as a military contractor translating Arabic and Persian. Amir also developed a language, and cultural training app for the Department of Defense, that was later acquired by Vcom3d, and dubbed the Vcommunicator Mobile.
The US Justice Department has declined to comment on the matter.
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