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Germany pleas sham reporters' release
Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:53AM
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German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has appealed to his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki for the release of two German nationals arrested in the country.

Posing as reporters, the Germans interviewed the son of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a woman who has been convicted of collaboration in her husband's murder as well as adultery.

The two German nationals were arrested after a person close to the family alerted Iranian authorities of their suspicious behavior.

"I have just spoken with Foreign Minister Mottaki. I asked him to make personal efforts for the release of the two citizens," Westerwelle said on Friday.

The two countries' top diplomats are in the Belgian capital of Brussels to attend a key gathering of 26 countries dedicated to discussing the long-term stabilization of Pakistan.

"Our interest is for our two German citizens to return home to Germany as soon as possible. We are working on it, and will preserve the necessary discretion," Westerwelle concluded.

Iran says the two German nationals have admitted to breaking the law.

"The two Germans have acknowledged their offence, saying that claiming to be journalists was not right," Iran's Prosecutor-General Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei told reporters on Thursday.

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