The United Kingdom’s ambassador to Iran has been described as “persona non grata” by Iran’s judiciary spokesperson who called for his expulsion from the country.
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UK envoy Rob Macaire was briefly detained on Saturday night after he left a vigil held for the 176 victims of a plane crash caused by Iranian missiles.
“Under international law, such a person is a ‘persona non grata,'” judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Esmeili told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday.
He added that “the [Iranian] people expect the person to be expelled” according to international norms.
According to a security source quoted by Iran’s state media, Macaire was trying to “provoke and organize” an anti-government protest in front of Amir Kabir University in Tehran.
Macaire rejected all accusations and insisted he left the gathering as soon as a group started to chant.
Thanks for the many goodwill messages. Can confirm I wasn’t taking part in any demonstrations! Went to an event advertised as a vigil for victims of #PS752 tragedy. Normal to want to pay respects- some of victims were British. I left after 5 mins, when some started chanting.
— Rob Macaire (@HMATehran) January 12, 2020