Germans detained in Iran meet their families: ministry

28th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Two German journalists held in Iran since October have been able to meet their families in the northwest city of Tabriz, where they are in jail, Germany's foreign ministry confirmed Tuesday.

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle thanked his Iranian counterpart for his "support", said the ministry statement, but repeated that Germany wanted to see its two citizens freed so they could return home.

Earlier, the Iranian agency IRNA reported that Iran's foreign ministry had authorised the visit taking into account the fact that the Christian new year was approaching.

The two Germans were arrested at Tabriz in October as they were interviewing the son and the lawyer of Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, the Iranian woman whose sentence to death by stoning has provoked international condemnation.

Iran says the two entered the country on tourist visas and failed to obtain necessary accreditation for journalists from the authorities before "posing as reporters" when they contacted her family.

German's weekly Bild am Sonntag has said the two men were its employees.

© 2010 AFP

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