Iran frees five from UK embassy

Five out of nine local staff from the UK embassy detained in Tehran have been released, Iranian officials say. Iran’s media earlier said local employees at the UK mission were held over their role in protests against June’s disputed presidential election. UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband has dismissed the allegations as baseless. “Out of nine people, five of them have been released and the rest are being interrogated,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi said at a news conference, state television Press TV reported. Iran’s Intelligence Minister Gholam-Hoseyn Mohseni-Ezhei on Sunday said “the British embassy played a crucial role in the recent unrest both through its local staff and via media”, Iran’s Irna news agency reported.


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