Rob Macaire, who has been Britain’s envoy to the Islamic republic since March 2018, was arrested as he stopped at a barber store for a haircut after attending a vigil for the victims of a Ukrainian jetliner that crashed in Tehran final week, the BBC reported.
Macaire left the vigil after it turned an illustration however was later accused by Iranian authorities of serving to to incite the anti-government protest, The Independent of Britain reported.
He was launched after three hours however the arrest infuriated the British authorities.
“The arrest of our Ambassador in Tehran with out grounds or rationalization is a flagrant violation of worldwide regulation,” British International Secretary Dominic Raab mentioned in an announcement.
“The Iranian authorities is at a cross-roads second. It might probably proceed its march in the direction of pariah standing with all of the political and financial isolation that entails, or take steps to deescalate tensions and have interaction in a diplomatic path forwards.”
A photograph of Macaire was posted on Twitter by the Etemad newspaper of Iran after his arrest was reported by the Tasnim information company, according to the BBC.
Tasnim tweeted that Macaire was detained “for organizing suspicious movements and protests in front of Amir Kabir University but released after hours.” The tweet added that Macaire can be “summoned by the foreign ministry tomorrow morning.”
In a Twitter message, U.S. State Division spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus referred to as Macaire’s arrest a violation of the Vienna Conference, which she mentioned the Iranian regime “has a notorious history of violating.”
“We call on the regime to formally apologize to the UK for violating his rights and to respect the rights of all diplomats,” Ortagus wrote.
Saturday’s anti-government protests in Tehran adopted Iran’s admission Friday that its army had “unintentionally” present down a Ukrainian passenger jet final week, killing all 176 folks on board.
Each Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and International Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attributed the downing of the jet to “human error” – however the overseas minister added that the error had been caused by “U.S. adventurism” – a probable reference to the American airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on Jan. 3.
On Saturday, each President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted messages of help for the Iranian residents who opposed the nation’s authorities.
“The voice of the Iranian folks is obvious. They’re fed up with the regime’s lies, corruption, ineptitude, and brutality of the IRGC beneath @khamenei_ir‘s kleptocracy,” Pompeo wrote.