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(Source: freeamir.org) An art exhibition opening next week in Detroit aims to help build support for the release of former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati imprisoned in Iran on espionage charges. (Source: freeamir.org) An art exhibition opening next week in Detroit aims to help build support for the release of former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati imprisoned in Iran on espionage charges.
DETROIT (AP) -

An art exhibition opening next week in Detroit aims to help build support for the release of a former U.S. 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" opens 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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