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BATON ROUGE - New details are emerging tonight about what may have led to the arrest of a man who lives in Baton Rouge but traveled to Iran to bury his mother.

Hamed Ghassemi was locked up and never returned home to Baton Rouge months ago. His close family friend, Heather Rangeley, said she talked to him three weeks ago.

"He was accused of becoming a Christian," Rangeley said.

Although their conversation was short, Rangeley said Ghassemi was waiting for a court date to come up. He was hoping to get out of jail and come back to Baton Rouge soon.

"I'm extremely worried, everybody is extremely worried about him (Hamed)," Rangeley said.

We first met Hamed Ghassemi earlier this year, when his mother, Tahereh went missing. Her body was found in May in a remote area of St. Helena Parish, and investigators said she had been shot. Her car was found burned out on Chalma Avenue.

Her ex-husband, Hamid Ghassemi is accused in the murder for hire plot and was indicted by a grand jury last week. Investigators believe money may have been the motive for her death, as she had just been awarded a hefty one million dollar settlement against her ex-husband who owns Import One in Baton Rouge.

Numerous family and friends of Hamed Ghassemi have been in contact with the State Department trying to get him returned home.

"I'd like to thank everybody for their prayers and keep Hamed in your prayers," Rangeley said. "Let's hope and pray we get him home soon."


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