The UK ambassador to Iran has been arrested for allegedly inciting anti-regime protests.

Tasnim News Agency reports that Robert Macaire was taken into custody for several hours before being released.

The 53-year-old was allegedly accused of inciting protests at Amir Akabir University, as thousands of Iranians across the country demonstrated following the downing of an Ukrainian plane.

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Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says detention of UK‘s ambassador to Tehran “without grounds or explanation is a flagrant violation of international law“.

It was initially thought the British diplomat was held for allegedly taking pictures of the anti-regime protests that broke out in Iran’s capital this evening, but latest reports state that the ambassador has been accused of alleged involvement in the protests.

In a statement, Mr Raab said: “The arrest of our ambassador in Tehran without grounds or explanation is a flagrant violation of international law.

“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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