Sunday, August 08, 2004

NEWS.com.au | Iran confirms diplomat kidnapped (August 9, 2004)

NEWS.com.au | Iran confirms diplomat kidnapped (August 9, 2004): "Iran confirms diplomat kidnapped
From correspondents in Baghdad
August 9, 2004

THE Iranian embassy in Baghdad confirmed today that one of its diplomats due to open a consulate in the central Iraqi city of Karbala had been kidnapped.

Fereydun Jahani disappeared last Wednesday as he was travelling to the central Iraqi city of Karbala to open an Iranian consulate following an agreement to do so by the Iraqi interim government, charge d'affaires Hassan Kazemi Ghomi told AFP.
'We asked the coalition and Iraqi police if they knew what happened, but they said they hadn't arrested him,' Mr Ghomi said.
A group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq announced earlier it had 'detained' Jahani for 'stirring sectarian strife and for activities outside his diplomatic duties', Dubai-based Al-Arabiya television reported.
Pictures were shown of the diplomat's passport, identity and business cards along with what appeared to be footage of him speaking, without sound, against a black backdrop. "

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