Iran releases Spaniard Santiago Sanchez Cogedor after a year in prison

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

The Iranian embassy in Spain has confirmed the release of the “only Spaniard imprisoned in Iran so far,” saying that the release came “within the framework of the friendly and historical relations between the two countries and compliance with the laws,” the diplomatic legation said in a statement message spread via social networks.

The Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares, called for his release at an event in Madrid in early October to mark the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Santiago Sánchez Cogedor was arrested in early October 2022 while walking to Qatar to watch the World Cup. His arrest came amid protests in Iran following the death of young Mahsa Amini, who was imprisoned for allegedly wearing the Islamic veil incorrectly. More precisely, the Spaniard’s arrest came after a visit to the young woman’s grave.

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