Spain reports detention of diplomat in Tehran

February 15, 2011 15:01

MADRID — Spain on Tuesday said a senior Spanish diplomat in Tehran was detained and held for four hours and that Iran's ambassador in Madrid was summoned for an explanation.

A Spanish Foreign Ministry official told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Ignacio Perez Cambra, the No. 3 diplomat at the Spanish Embassy in Tehran, was stopped while riding in a car to the embassy in Tehran on Monday and taken to a police station.

The official said she did not know if the car was driving near an opposition rally held at the time in Iran's capital or what explanation the Iranian ambassador gave. She said Spain considered the detention unacceptable.

The Spanish official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with ministry rules.

The Iranian Embassy said no one there was immediately available for comment.

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