Iran to put British embassy workers on trial

If they do, the EU will retaliate

The top cleric who runs Iran’s Guardian Council says local Iranians working for the British embassy in Tehran will be tried for inciting riots that followed Iran’s contested June 12 election in which incumbent hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner. “Naturally they will be put on trial, they have made confessions,” Ahmad Jannati said. The United Kingdom rejects the charges and says that of its nine local staff who were originally arrested, seven have been released. The European Union says it will suspend visas for Iranian diplomats and will consider other measures, such as pulling EU ambassadors out of Iran, if British embassy staff still in custody are not freed.

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