Germans imprisoned in Iran get first family visit

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 28, 2010 19:35

TEHERAN, Iran — Iran allowed two imprisoned German journalists to meet family members for about 12 hours overnight, the first visit in the nearly three months since they were arrested while covering the case of an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning.

The meeting began late Monday night in a hotel in the city of Tabriz, 370 miles (600 kilometers) northwest of the capital Teheran, where the Germans are being held in a prison, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said. German officials said it lasted all night and the two were allowed to spend some of the time in private with their relatives in a hotel room.

Though Iranian and German authorities have not identified the two prisoners, Iran's state-run Press TV showed a passport belonging to Marcus Alfred Rudolf Hellwig and identified the second as Jens Andreas Koch. They were working as reporter and photographer for Germany's mass-circulation tabloid Bild am Sonntag.


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