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Marine veteran suing Iran for torture during detainment

Marine veteran Amir Hekmati is suing Iran for brutal torture he says he endured during more than four years as a hostage, according to a lawsuit filed in D.C. federal court on Monday.

Iranian authorities kept Hekmati in solitary confinement in a small cell for 17 months, whipped the bottoms of his feet, tased his kidney area, put him in stress positions for hours, hit him with batons, and severely deprived him of sleep, according to the lawsuit, reported by the Marine Corps Times.

{mosads}In addition, Hekmati was forced to take lithium and other addictive pills, then stop taking them to induce withdrawal symptoms, the lawsuit said. He was also denied proper medical care and suffered severe malnutrition, it said. 

Hekmati’s captors also told him his sister had been in a serious car crash, but that he could not call his family unless he confessed being a spy for the CIA, the lawsuit claims. He was also moved to another prison where his cell was infested with rats, lice, fleas and bed bugs, it said. 

Hekmati was arrested in August 2011 after traveling to Iran to visit his grandmother, and was held until January, when he was released along with four other Americans in a prisoner swap for seven Iranians in U.S. custody. 

His lawyers say Hekmati continues to suffer from physical and psychological injuries stemming from his maltreatment, according to the Marine Corps Times report. 

The amount in damages that Hekmati is asking for has not yet been specified. 

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