Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast says the Italian ambassador to Tehran has been summoned to give explanation about detention of two Iranians in Italy.
Mehmanparast said that the detention of Hamid Masoumi-Nejad and another Iranian, who is reportedly identified as one Homayoun Bakhtiyari, “indicates that another game is underway which aims at certain propagation [against Iran].”
“The Italian Ambassador, [Alberto Bradanini], was summoned to the [Iranian] Foreign Ministry to clarify [the issue] and give explanation on [different] aspects of the issue,” Mehmanparast was quoted by IRNA as saying.
Masoumi-Nejad, 51, was an accredited journalist working for the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting in Rome.
A top Italian prosecutor on Wednesday declared that two Iranians and five Italians were arrested in Italy on allegations of selling arms to Iran in violation of international sanctions.
“It is an investigation of considerable importance because it concerns the entire international community,” AFP quoted Armando Spataro as saying.
Both Iranians have been reportedly arrested in Turin in northwestern Italy.