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Britain welcomes release of final embassy staffer in Iran

Britain welcomed the release on bail on Monday of a British embassy staffer in Tehran, who was among nine employees arrested following disturbances sparked by June’s presidential election in Iran.

world Updated: Jul 20, 2009 10:20 IST

Britain welcomed the release on bail on Monday of a British embassy staffer in Tehran, who was among nine employees arrested following disturbances sparked by June’s presidential election in Iran.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband repeated his insistence that the detention of the embassy staffers, who were arrested on June 27 and have now all been released, was “completely unjustified.”

The lawyer of Hossein Rassam, a senior political analyst at the British embassy, told AFP he was released on Monday on bail of one billion rials ($100,000). He has been charged with action against national security.

“I am very glad Hossein Rassam has been released,” Miliband said in a statement released by the Foreign Office in London.

“The release of all of our staff has remained an important priority throughout the past three weeks, and has required intensive discussions with the Iranian authorities.

“This has included my conversations with (Iranian) Foreign Minister (Manouchehr) Mottaki, who has with his deputy, kept us informed of developments.”

He expressed thanks to European Union leaders “for their solidarity and support in resolving this issue.”