Iran frees Spaniard Santiago Sánchez Cogedor after a year of detention

The Iranian Justice has released this Sunday the Spaniard Santiago Sánchez Cogedor, who had been imprisoned in the country for a year on charges that had not yet been revealed.

The Iranian Embassy in Spain has confirmed the release of what was until now the “only Spaniard imprisoned in Iran” and has explained that the release has been carried out “within the framework of the friendly and historical relations between the two countries.” and in compliance with the laws”, as indicated by the diplomatic legation in a message spread through social networks.

The Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares, demanded his release at the beginning of October during an event in Madrid on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Santiago Sánchez Cogedor was arrested in early October 2022 when he was heading on foot to Qatar to watch the World Cup. His arrest occurred amid protests in Iran following the death of young Mahsa Amini in custody after being arrested for allegedly wearing the Islamic veil incorrectly. Precisely, the Spaniard’s arrest occurred after visiting the young woman’s grave.

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