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Parents of Marine imprisoned in Iran plead with Supreme Leader: He is innocent, let him go

Exclusive: Parents of former US Marine Amir Hekmati speak out, plead with Iran's Supreme Leader to release their son. #FreeAmirNow


This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," April 14, 2015. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE, 'ON THE RECORD' GUEST HOST: Right now, the emotional interview you will only see right here ON THE RECORD. Greta just went to Michigan to talk with the parents of a U.S. Marine wrongly jailed in Iran. Amir Hekmati's father is dying from cancer and, more than anything, he wants to see his son again. Greta spoke with both of the Marine's distraught parents.


GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: You actually spoke to the judge who sentenced your son?

BEHNAZ HEKMATI, MOTHER OF AMIR HEKMATI: Yes. They let me to go in judge -- in front of judge.

VAN SUSTEREN: This is after the trial though, right?

HEKMATI: Yes. After when I knew the sentence was death. I was anxious to see Amir.

VAN SUSTEREN: Did you see him?

HEKMATI: When I was in front of judge and I told him I want to see Amir and he just wrote, signed the letter that they can take you from here to see Amir. And they took me to Amir. I waited behind the door for a long time until somebody came and let me in. I went to different buildings and he was sitting there with eyes was -- what do you call it - fold?

VAN SUSTEREN: Blindfold?

HEKMATI: He was sitting. Feet was close to each other with the slipper, you know. And hand was like this, very close. He was sitting like this. And he had a beard, pale, no, you know, baldness. And when he saw me he just -- they took the blind off, and he get up and he screamed, you know. He called my name and then when he came and hold me and he would cry. We both cried. The guy with the suit, all of them had had a suit, you know, they call people with suit. You know, but they are working for government. And they said, okay, that's enough. You know, that's enough. And then he sit there and I sit in front of him and he hold his hand. And then when we were talking and they were cameras everywhere and those two guys was sitting with us and we were talking. It would just really be like 15 minutes he asked dad, you know, family, everything. And that's it.

VAN SUSTEREN: Sir, was your son a good Marine?


VAN SUSTEREN: Did he want to be in the Marines?

A. HEKMATI: Yes, he did.

VAN SUSTEREN: What did you think about that?

A. HEKMATI: I encourage him to -- and he wanted to serve his country. Go for it. And he did.

VAN SUSTEREN: Because you know there are an awful lot of Marines in this country that are very upset about this.

A. HEKMATI: Well, I knew I ask.

VAN SUSTEREN: Thank you both and -- is there anything we can do to help? I don't know that we can, but it's not just the Marines who are unhappy about this. So, you know, I think every American is unhappy about this.

B. HEKMATI: Just in any way if the Supreme Leader watch this to just know that Amir is innocent and we really miss him. And we need him, you know. His father is sick, you know, he needs to come help his father. I need him too. And I need -- I really ask to show, you know, his love and his peace. Show to the world that he is a peaceful man and let Amir go. He knows Amir is innocent. He knows that they set him up.

They lied to him, you know, they tortured him. And he always -- he is against all those things. He doesn't want anybody tortured. He doesn't want anybody to sit in the prison for a long time. Then what happened? Why you, -- why -- three years you let a young man, innocent young man sitting in the prison? Where is he? Why he doesn't help me?