Iranian national Ahmad Khalili, who had been detained in Germany over allegations of violating illegal United States sanctions on Iran, has been released and returned home following extensive diplomatic work, reports PressTV.
Abbas Mousavi, spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, said on Monday that Khalili was freed on Sunday night “after a series of intensive diplomatic consultations and with the effective cooperation of the Judiciary and the Intelligence Organization of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).”
He said Khalili had been arrested in Germany at the request of the US on the pretext of violating Washington's illegal sanctions and had been planned for extradition to the US. The spokesman said Khalili returned home with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was in Germany for the Munich Security Conference, after his release.
Late last year, Iranian stem cell scientist Dr. Masoud Soleimani returned home following his release from a US prison in a prisoner swap.