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      Sen. Levin at event for ex-Marine held in Iran

      Supporters of an ex-Marine imprisoned on spying charges in Iran for 2 years say U.S. Senator Carl Levin will speak at fundraising dinner in an effort to help win his freedom.

      Amir Hekmati was arrested in August 2011 while visiting his grandmothers in Teheran. The U.S. government and his family deny he was spying.

      Hekmati was born in Arizona and grew up in Michigan, where his parents and sister live. The 29-year-old carries U.S. and Iranian passports.

      The $250-a-plate Freedom for Amir Benefit Dinner is being held August 21st at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial in the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe Farms.

      Organizers say the Michigan Democrat will address the dinner, as will Hekmati's sister Sarah Hekmati and Hekmati's brother-in-law Rami Kurdi.