Iran Detains Swedish Tourist Traveling in Group

The government of Sweden confirmed on Friday that one of its citizens traveling as a tourist has been detained in Iran.

The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that a Swedish national in his 30s is in Iranian custody now, but has offered no further information.

Iranian authorities have not confirmed or commented on the issue so far.

“Our embassy in Tehran was seeking information and is in contact with local authorities,” Aljazeera reported, citing a brief comment by email from Sweden’s Foreign Ministry.

Sweden’s Aftonbladet tabloid reported that Iran security forces detained the Swedish tourist while he was leaving the country.

Aftonbladet added that the Swedish national was arrested while traveling with other Swedes, but provided no date for his arrest.

The arrest came when Iran announced it would execute an Iranian-Swedish researcher, Ahmad Reza Jalalil by May 21, who has been in jail since 2016 on a charge of espionage.

Meanwhile, a Swedish court sentenced an Iranian national, Hamid Nouri, to life imprisonment. Nouri is in Sweden’s custody since November 2019.

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