Iran has been condemned by Britain’s foreign secretary Dominic Raab after the British ambassador to Iran was arrested over the suspicion of organising anti-government protests.
Rabb said the arrest of Rob Macaire was a “flagrant violation” of international law after he was hed for over an hour by the Iranian authorities under the suspicion of organising, provoking and directing radical actions, according to local reports.
In a statement the British foreign secretary said, “The arrest of our ambassador in Tehran without grounds or explanation is a flagrant violation of international law.
“The Iranian government is at a crossroads moment.
“It can continue its march towards pariah status with all the political and economic isolation that entails, or take steps to de-escalate tensions and engage in a diplomatic path forwards.”
Macaire was in fact attending a vigil for the victims of the Ukrainian plane crash that was shot down by Iran’s military.
When the vigil turned into a demonstration he left and was arrested as he was returning back to the British embassy in Tehran.
Following a series of urgent calls to the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs he was eventually released.