Iranian Diplomat Arrested for Murder Charges in Turkey

An Iranian diplomat was reportedly arrested for his involvement in the 2019 murder of Masoud Molavi Vardanjani, an Iranian dissident who was critical of the administration.

Muhammad Reza Naserzadeh is accused of helping suspected mastermind Ali Esfanjani in the murder of Vardanjani, Turkish news Daily Sabah reported.

Meanwhile, Iran has denied such arrest. 

In a statement Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh rejected the claims saying the report was based on “groundless accusations,” the Iran Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported.

The ministry said, “none of the staff members of the Iranian consulate in Istanbul has been and is involved in the activities claimed by the Turkish media outlet, whatsoever.”

“In addition, none of the staff members of the Iranian consulate has been arrested,” the spokesman said.

The spokesman also held that that the name mentioned in the report was not a staff member of the Iranian consulate and that Iran is now talking with Turkey “in order to shed light on different aspects of the issue.”

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