Germany summons Iran's ambassador over journalists

December 27, 2010 17:31


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BERLIN — Germany on Monday summoned Iran's ambassador to express anger that two German journalists detained in Iran were not able to meet with relatives over Christmas despite earlier promises, a foreign ministry spokesman said.

The two journalists have been held since early October after being arrested while reporting on a highly publicized stoning case for mass-circulation tabloid Bild am Sonntag.

German foreign ministry spokesman Stefan Bredohl said the Iranian ambassador was summoned and government officials "very explicitly expressed their displeasure." He declined to elaborate on the discussion.

Given Iran's repeated commitments, the government had the firm expectation that the journalists would be able to meet their family members and the German ambassador, Bredohl said.

Bild am Sonntag said a meeting with the reporter's sister and the photographer's mother, who had traveled to Iran on Friday, had initially been promised by Iranian officials for Saturday, but was canceled and then rescheduled to Sunday. The second meeting didn't take place, and officials didn't live up to a promise to hold it on Monday either.

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