Iran summons British ambassador to explain presence in protest

Hundreds gathered in Tehran, Iran's capital, for a vigil in honor of the 176 killed in the plane shot

Hundreds gathered in Tehran, Iran's capital, for a vigil in honor of the 176 killed in the plane shot down by mistake.

  |  Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua

Detained on Saturday (11) on the grounds of inciting demonstrations, diplomat denies prosecution.

Iran has summoned the British ambassador to Tehran, Rob Macaire, to explain his participation in a protest, deemed illegal by the government, on Saturday night (11). Macaire was arrested by the police and, after his identification as a diplomat, released.

He said in a social network that he participated in a vigil for five minutes in honor of the 176 killed in the plane shot down by mistake by Iranian military forces on January 8th. In practice, summoning an ambassador is an act of reprimand. The Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi had earlier confirmed Macaire's arrest and said he was released in 15 minutes as soon as he was identified.

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