February 23, 2019 11:54
News ID: 4423

(Persia Digest) – A high-ranking official at the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said: “American citizen Michael White has not been arrested on spying charges in Iran.”

The news of the arrest of a US navy veteran in Mashhad, northeastern Iran, was reported a while back.

Hossein Panahi-Azar, Parliamentary Deputy for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, rejected claims of White being a military man, and said: “He has taken personal trips to Iran for years and has friends here. He has a private plaintiff and spying is not concerned. His arrest was reported to the Swiss Embassy in Tehran as the US interest section according to the Vienna Convention.”

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He added that no final verdict has been issued for him yet, saying: “Foreign nationals with private plaintiffs in Iran must also go through the usual judiciary process.”

Two months ago, the New York Times reported that Michael R White was arrested in Iran as he was leaving Mashhad Airport.

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Speaking about a number of unaccompanied minors asking for refugee status in the UK by crossing the channel, Panahi-Azar said: “We have investigated the matter and found no evidence that such an event has taken place.”

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