TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s Foreign Ministry has summoned the Swiss envoy in Tehran over the “illegal” detention of an American-born anchorwoman on Iranian state television.
The Tuesday report by the official IRNA news agency quotes Bahram Ghasemi, ministry spokesman, as saying Tehran lodged a “strong protest” over the detention of Marzieh Hashemi in a meeting with the Swiss ambassador. The Embassy of Switzerland looks after Washington’s interests in Tehran.
Ghasemi said Iran also demanded Hashemi’s “unconditional” release.
Hashemi has been detained as a material witness, though it’s unclear for which case, and has appeared twice before a U.S. District Court judge.
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Hashemi has been in custody since last week. Officials said she was expected to be released immediately after her testimony is completed, but it’s not clear when that would be.