Slovak prime minister in arrives in Tehran

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 12


Slovak prime minister Robert Fico has arrived in Tehran today, IRNA news agency reported.

Fico reportedly is meeting Iran's first vice president Es'haq Jahangiri.

It should be noted that Iran yesterday released two Slovak citizens arrested in last June on charges of espionage and violating the country's law. They were delivered to the Slovakian embassy in Tehran.

On September 1, Iran released six of eight Slovak citizens, while two others were being kept for further investigation.

On July 1, Iranian media outlets quoted spokesman of the Iran Judiciary System Mohsen Ejei as saying that eight Slovaks alongside an Iranian citizen were accused of espionage.

He said these people imported illegal equipment into the country and took photos and films from Iran's sensitive areas around Isfahan province.

Friends of the paragliders have told AFP they were not spies, but were travelling to film documentaries from a bird's-eye view. They said the men were in Iran to collect material for a second film, after making a documentary last year on paragliding over the Himalayas.

Senior Iranian prosecutor Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie charged that the men had smuggled in unspecified "equipment". The paragliders reportedly ran into trouble for using two-band walkie talkies reportedly banned in Iran, as well as cameras designed for extreme sports.

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