| 28 March 2023, Tuesday |

Iran releases Spanish woman after three months in jail over protests

The Spanish Foreign Minister announced on Sunday that a Spanish lady who had been detained in Iran since November on espionage allegations after being detained during anti-government protests in November had been freed.

24-year-old Ana Baneira Suarez, a human rights activist who works for an NGO, was imprisoned in Iran following widespread demonstrations that were brought on by the death of a young lady in jail in September.

“My congratulations on Ana Baneira’s release. She is in excellent health “During a trip to the central Spanish city of Albacete, Jose Manuel Albares, the foreign minister of Spain, spoke to press.

Baneira was released on Saturday and was on her way back to Spain on Sunday, he said.

The Iranian government did not respond to requests for comment on Baneira’s release.

Albares said that another Spanish citizen, Santiago Sanchez Cogedor, was still in Iranian custody but that he hoped for his release soon.

Sanchez Cogedor, 41, a football fan who decided to walk to the World Cup in Qatar but was detained in Iran on Oct.2. Like Baneira, he was accused of espionage.

Iran, which has blamed “foreign adversaries” for protests sparked by the death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in morality police custody.

In September, Tehran said nine Europeans had been arrested for their involvement in the protests.

  • Reuters