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Newsline: German embassy in Tehran seeks clarity on citizen’s arrest

Germany has taken note of the Iranian report and the embassy in Tehran is working to clarify the situation, a source in Berlin said. Iran has detained a German national for taking photos of “sensitive oil centres” in its southern province of Khuzestan, Iranian daily Jam-e Jam reported. “The German national was detained while taking photos of Aghajari oilfield in Khuzestan province,” the Jam-e Jam said, without elaborating. The Iranian judiciary had yet to comment on the report. (https://neuters.de/world/middle-east/iran-arrests-german-taking-photos-oil-centres-jam-e-jam-reports-2023-01-17/) Iran has been at odds with Western powers including Germany over what it calls their interference in its internal matters during months of anti-government protests sparked by the death in custody of an Iranian-Kurdish woman in September.

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