Merkel: Iran should free German reporters
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Tuesday for the release of two reporters who were arrested in Iran as they were investigating the stoning sentence of Sakineh Mohammadi- Ashtianti, DPA reported.
The German nationals were alleged to have been working as reporters without accreditation and on tourist visas, as they interviewed the son of Mohammadi-Ashtianti, who has been sentenced to death by stoning on murder and adultery charges.
"We are naturally very concerned that the two citizens are freed," Merkel said during a diplomatic visit to the Romanian capital Bucharest.
"The foreign ministry is doing everything in its power," Merkel said.
A spokesperson for the Iranian justice ministry had announced the arrests on Monday.