Tehran releases German citizen

2010/01/10

Published in German weekly magazine “Der Spiegel” on January 10 2009
Source (German): http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,671086,00.html

He was arrested during the protests against the government of Ahmadinejad and has apparently been detained in an Iranian prison for several days. Now, authorities in Tehran have released this German citizen. The Foreign Office is seeking to clarify the issue.

Tehran – According to the Iranian news agency Fars, chief prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi announced that the detained German citizen was released from prison on late Friday evening. He did not mention any details. A spokesman of the Foreign Office in Berlin said on Sunday that the German embassy in Tehran is currently in touch with Iranian authorities, seeking to clarify the details of the incident.

During the recent protests on the day of Ashura on 27. December, severe clashes between protesters and security forces took place in many Iranian cities. At least eight people were killed.

Iran’s religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday nevertheless called on the security forces to continue their crackdown on dissident demonstrators in case of further protests. The authorities were aware of what the nation is expecting from them, said Khamenei in a speech that was broadcasted live on TV.

Moreover, he accused Western countries to be at the bottom of the unrest of Ashura. This is not a new allegation of the Iranian regime. Only last week, Tehran had declared that Iranian citizens are banned from contacting 60 Western organizations and media outlets, among them the organization Human Rights Watch and the British broadcaster BBC.

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Photos (source: http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-27893.html)

An Iranian female prisoner makes a call in a corridor in the Evin prison in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, June 13, 2006. Iran boasted Tuesday that it protects human rights more than any Western country as officials led international media on a tour of the country's most feared prison in the capital Tehran. The tour of Evin prison, the first such visit by international media, came amid accusations by human rights groups that Iran has violated human rights. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iranian prisoners work in a kitchen in the Evin prison in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, June 13, 2006. Iran boasted Tuesday that it protects human rights more than any Western country as officials led international media on a tour of the country's most feared prison in the capital Tehran. The tour of Evin prison, the first such visit by international media, came amid accusations by human rights groups that Iran has violated human rights. (AP Photo / Vahid Salemi)

Iranian women prisoners work at a tailoring workshop in Tehran's Evin prison June 13, 2006. Iranian police detained 70 people at a demonstration in favour of women's rights, the judiciary said on Tuesday, adding it was ready to review reports that the police had beaten some demonstrators. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN)

Female prison guards walk along a corridor in Tehran's Evin prison June 13, 2006. Iranian police detained 70 people at a demonstration in favour of women's rights, the judiciary said on Tuesday, adding it was ready to review reports that the police had beaten some demonstrators. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN)

Iranian female prisoners in their cell in the Evin prison in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, June 13, 2006. Iran boasted Tuesday that it protects human rights more than any Western country as officials led international media on a tour of the country's most feared prison in the capital Tehran. The tour of Evin prison, the first such visit by international media, came amid accusations by human rights groups that Iran has violated human rights. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

A prison guard stands along a corridor in Tehran's Evin prison June 13, 2006. Iranian police detained 70 people at a demonstration in favour of women's rights, the judiciary said on Tuesday, adding it was ready to review reports that the police had beaten some demonstrators. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN)

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