Relatives of a US citizen jailed by Iran on spying charges in 2011 attended a nuclear summit in Vienna to call for his release. Amir Hekmati, a 31-year-old Iranian-American, was arrested by Iranian authorities and convicted of espionage, a charge his relatives and
the United States deny. An initial death sentence was commuted to a 10-year prison term. This was appealed last November, but the case has stagnated since then, family members say. “We want to … put pressure on these talks and to make sure that Amir has to be a priority,” the prisoner’s sister, Sarah Hekmati, told Reuters on the sidelines of the meeting in Vienna.