British ambassador says his detention was 'of course illegal' in first statement since arrest

British ambassador says his detention was ‘of course illegal’ in first statement since arrest

Britain’s ambassador to Iran has talked for the first time since he was arrested after attending a vigil for the victims of the Ukraine plane cra-sh, saying his detention was “of course illegal”. 

Rob Macaire tweeted on Sunday morning to clarify details of his arrest – the latest escalation in the Middle East tensions.

He said: “Thanks for the many goodwill messages. Can confirm I wasn’t taking part in any demonstrations! Went to an event advertised as a vigil for victims of PS752 tragedy.

“Normal to want to pay respects- some of victims were British. I left after 5 mins, when some started chanting.

“Detained half an hour after leaving the area. Arresting diplomats is of course illegal, in all countries. See comments by Foreign Secretary.”

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