German, Frenchman held in Iran may face trial

3rd January 2006, Comments 0 comments

TEHRAN, Jan 3 (AFP) - A German and Frenchman arrested during a fishing trip off the coast of southern Iran more than a month ago will go on trial "if necessary", a foreign ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

TEHRAN, Jan 3 (AFP) - A German and Frenchman arrested during a fishing trip off the coast of southern Iran more than a month ago will go on trial "if necessary", a foreign ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

"The judiciary must finish the preliminary enquiries and if needed they will be put on trial, it depends on the judges' opinion," Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters in his weekly press conference.

"They are safe and sound," he said, adding that the men have had access to their respective embassy representatives.

The unidentified pair, who were arrested on November 29, are accused of entering Iranian territorial waters illegally.

The German foreign ministry confirmed late December an initial report of the men's detention by the German regional newspaper Die Rheinpfalz.

The paper said they had hired a boat and sailed to an island near the straits of Hormuz, the entrance to the Gulf from the Indian Ocean.

The German, who is 52, and the Frenchman were on holiday in the United Arab Emirates when they were reported missing on November 29 by the German's wife, who was also holidaying with them.

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