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.
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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