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German delegation in Iran to discuss release of reporters

Source: Radio Zamaneh

German MPs met with speaker of Iran's parliament, Ali Larijani, in Tehran to discuss the release of two detained German citizens.

French News Agency quoting sources close to the German parliamentary delegates reported that the German representatives spoke with Ali Larijani about the fate of the two German nationals who were arrested in Tabriz last week and asked him to intervene on their behalf.

Head of Iran's Parliament has reportedly promised to make all efforts to secure the release of the two detained German citizens.

The two German reporters were arrested on October 10 in Tabriz while making efforts to interview the son and lawyer of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, the Iranian woman sentenced to stoning.

Mohammadi Ashtiani was first sentenced to death for the murder of her husband, a sentence which was then commuted to ten years in prison. In a subsequent court, she was charged with adultery, fro which she received the stoning sentence.

Iran maintains that the stoning sentence has been withdrawn.

Iranian authorities announced that the two detained German nationals are not reporters because they did not have press visas which are obligatory for reporters on assignment in Iran.

Iran's Prosecutor General also claims that they were carrying only tourist visas and are connected with anti-Islamic Republic groups outside Iran. He went on to add last week that the two individuals have "confessed to their crimes."

The German delegation which is comprised of five parliamentarians will meet with other government representatives and human rights groups on their six day visit.

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