Fam­ily fails to meet de­tained jour­nal­ists in Iran

The Pak Banker - - 6i Nternational -

BER­LIN: Relatives of two Ger­man jour­nal­ists de­tained in Iran since Oc­to­ber were dis­ap­pointed Sun­day af­ter trav­el­ing to Tehran in hopes of see­ing them dur­ing the Christ­mas hol­i­days, but the re­porters' em­ployer said Ira­nian of­fi­cials had promised to ar­range a meet­ing Mon­day.

Ger­many's mass-cir­cu­la­tion tabloid Bild said late Sun­day that the re­porter's sis­ter and the pho­tog­ra­pher's mother would fi­nally be able to meet with the jour­nal­ists at an undis­closed lo­ca­tion in Tehran, the Ira­nian cap­i­tal. The pair, who have not been iden­ti­fied by name, were re­port­ing on a highly pub­li­cized ston­ing case when they were ar­rested.

The news­pa­per said a meet­ing had been sched­uled for Satur­day, then for Sun­day, but both were can­celed. That prompted Ger­many's for­eign min­istry to is­sue a a state­ment that was un­usu­ally di­rect in its word­ing, say­ing the relatives had not been granted ac­cess "de­spite re­peated prom­ises by Iran." -Reuters

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