An Iranian man accused of violating U.S. sanctions and detained in Germany has been freed and returned to Iran after diplomatic efforts by Tehran, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday.
“The man, Ahmad Khalili flew home with Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who had been in Germany to attend the Munich Security Conference,’’ Iranian state TV quoted spokesman Abbas Mousavi as saying.
However, German authorities declined to comment on the case.
“Mr Ahmad Khalili, an Iranian citizen, who was arrested in Germany at the request of the U.S. Justice Department and subject to extradition to America under the excuse of violating illegal and cruel sanctions of America, was freed last night.
“He has, however, returned to the homeland with the minister of foreign affairs,’’ Mousavi said.
The spokesman did not say how Khalili might have violated U.S. sanctions but said he had been freed through “intense diplomatic consultations’’.
He had also been freed with the effective cooperation of the Iranian judiciary and the intelligence department of the Revolutionary Guards.
Iran retaliated with a missile barrage against a U.S. base in Iraq days later.
A Chinese-American detained in Iran in 2016 and later charged with spying was freed in December and an imprisoned Iranian was released by Washington in return, and both were flown back to their countries.
Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Abdulfatah Babatunde
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