US basketball

Iran arrested 100 over Saudi embassy attack – judiciary

Agence France-Presse

This is AI generated summarization, which may have errors. For context, always refer to the full article.

Iran arrested 100 over Saudi embassy attack – judiciary

EPA

About 100 people have been arrested since the attack that led to Riyadh cutting diplomatic ties with Tehran

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran has arrested around 100 people over the attack on Saudi Arabia’s embassy that led to Riyadh cutting diplomatic ties with Tehran, a judiciary spokesman said Sunday, January 24.

“Since the attack, about 100 people have been arrested, of whom some have been released,” Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.

The ransacking of the embassy earlier this month “has been condemned by all authorities and we have taken immediate and serious action,” he added.

One individual was also arrested “abroad” and returned to Iran, he said. 

“He had given orders to certain individuals who entered the embassy,” Ejeie added, without providing further details. 

Demonstrators stormed and burned Riyadh’s embassy in Tehran and its consulate in second city Mashhad on January 2 to protest against the execution of a prominent cleric from Saudi Arabia’s Shiite minority.

The Gulf kingdom and some of its allies the next day severed diplomatic relations with Iran over the incidents.

The Islamic republic’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday, January 30, condemned the attack. 

“Like the British embassy attack before it, this was against the country (Iran) and Islam, and I didn’t like it,” he said, referring to a mob ransacking Britain’s embassy in Tehran in 2011.

President Hassan Rouhani also condemned the attacks as “totally unjustifiable” and called on the judiciary to put on trial those accused of being involved. 

Iran previously said it had arrested 40 people over the embassy attack in Tehran, and another 4 after the consulate was torched in Mashhad. – Rappler.com

Add a comment

Sort by

There are no comments yet. Add your comment to start the conversation.

Summarize this article with AI
Download the Rappler App!