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Iran: German citizen released in prisoner swap says Tehran

Iran, Islamic Republic of, Tehran
February 18, 2020 at 13:14 GMT +00:00 · Published

A German citizen who was jailed in Iran was released on Monday as part of a prisoner swap said the country's judiciary spokesperson Gholamhossein Esmaeili, during a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday.

In exchange, the Iranian citizen Ahmad Khalil who was detained in Germany over charges of suspected breach of US sanction on Tehran was released on Sunday.

"On Sunday, we insisted on sending back the Iranian national first. On Sunday, the Iranian national was sent back to Iran and we, through using legal possibilities, released this German national on Monday and he will get back his country," said Esmaeili.

The spokesperson explained that the German national "was arrested a long time ago because of capturing photos of some prohibited areas," and was consequently sentenced to three years in prison.

According to reports, Khalil flew home on Sunday in the company of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif who was in Germany at the time for the Munich Security Conference.

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A German citizen who was jailed in Iran was released on Monday as part of a prisoner swap said the country's judiciary spokesperson Gholamhossein Esmaeili, during a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday.

In exchange, the Iranian citizen Ahmad Khalil who was detained in Germany over charges of suspected breach of US sanction on Tehran was released on Sunday.

"On Sunday, we insisted on sending back the Iranian national first. On Sunday, the Iranian national was sent back to Iran and we, through using legal possibilities, released this German national on Monday and he will get back his country," said Esmaeili.

The spokesperson explained that the German national "was arrested a long time ago because of capturing photos of some prohibited areas," and was consequently sentenced to three years in prison.

According to reports, Khalil flew home on Sunday in the company of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif who was in Germany at the time for the Munich Security Conference.

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