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Video Allegedly Showing UK Envoy Attending Gathering in Tehran Released by Iranian Media

© AP Photo / Ebrahim NorooziPeople gather for a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of the Ukraine plane crash, at the gate of Amri Kabir University that some of the victims of the crash were former students of, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Iran on Saturday, Jan. 11, acknowledged that its armed forces "unintentionally" shot down the Ukrainian jetliner that crashed earlier this week, killing all 176 aboard, after the government had repeatedly denied Western accusations that it was responsible.
People gather for a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of the Ukraine plane crash, at the gate of Amri Kabir University that some of the victims of the crash were former students of, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Iran on Saturday, Jan. 11, acknowledged that its armed forces unintentionally shot down the Ukrainian jetliner that crashed earlier this week, killing all 176 aboard, after the government had repeatedly denied Western accusations that it was responsible. - Sputnik International
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On Sunday, Iran summoned UK Ambassador to Iran Rob Macaire amid reports that he had taken part in an illegal rally the day before. Macaire had been previously detained after leaving the gathering but was released shortly afterwards.

Tasnim News Agency has posted footage that shows UK Ambassador to Iran Rob Macaire allegedly taking part at an illegal gathering in Tehran.

In the video, the envoy is seen in a company of a man surrounded by a crowd of people. The two men are seen talking but their speech is inaudible in the footage.

Macaire was arrested on Saturday in Tehran on accusations of participating in protests that allegedly called for the punishment for the responsible parties in the fatal error that led to the downing of the Ukrainian Airlines Boeing last week. He was released mere minutes after his detention.

The ambassador flatly denied the accusations, saying that he simply attended a vigil to honour the memory of those perished in the tragedy.

The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the arrest as a "breach of international law".

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