Iran arrests US diplomat on sexual charges

Iran Materials 5 February 2009 16:10 (UTC +04:00)

The First Secretary of the US Interests Section of the Swiss Embassy in Tehran is released after being arrested on sexual abuse charges.

According to Iranian police, the diplomat had an indecent sexual relation with an Iranian woman in his car in public after promising her marriage, Iranian daily Entekhab said Thursday on its online edition.

The police, patrolling the Tochal resort in northern Tehran, suspected the diplomatic-plated car in a parking lot and approached the vehicle, reported Presstv.

Deputy head of the US Interest Section in Tehran, Elizabeth Bucher, was contacted by Press TV for comment however she did not confirm or deny the report.

The diplomat and the woman were caught improperly dressed and in an obscene situation, an informed source said.

However, both the diplomat and the Iranian woman were released on bail.

The incident occurred amid US plans to establish a diplomatic presence in Iran for the first time in 30 years.

The two sides have not had diplomatic relations since Washington severed diplomatic ties with Tehran in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.