BREAKING: British ambassador to Iran arrested in Tehran

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BY TEAM DML / JANUARY 11, 2020 /

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As the most reliable and balanced news aggregation service on the internet, DML News App offers the following information published by TELEGRAPH.CO.UK:

Britain’s ambassador to Iran, Rob Macaire, has been arrested and held for several hours after attending a vigil for the victims of the Ukraine plane crash which turned into demonstration.

Details of his arrest were announced by the country’s semi-official Tasnim news agency and prompted an angry response from Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab.

The article goes on to state the following:


It is understood that the event which Mr Macaire attended had been advertised as a vigil at  Amir Kabir University for the 176 victims of the Tehran plane crash last week.

Macaire left when the vigil turned into a protest, the report said. He was arrested on his way back to the embassy after getting a haircut.

The Washington Examiner reports that a diplomatic source said Macaire had been detained “possibly by security officers acting without authorization.” According to the Telegraph, his release came after 3 hours and after the intervention of the Iranian foreign ministry.

“The arrest of our ambassador in Tehran without grounds or explanation is a flagrant violation of international law,” said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. “The Iranian government is at a cross-roads moment. It can continue its march towards pariah status with all the political and economic isolation that entails, or take steps to de-escalate tensions and engage in a diplomatic path forwards.”

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