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Iran detains 2 Swedish nationals over drug smuggling

Iran lies on a smuggling route linking the opium fields of Afghanistan with Europe [Getty]

Date of publication: 28 July, 2020

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The Swedish Foreign Ministry confirmed that two of its nationals are being held in Iran but gave no other details.

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Iran detained two Swedish nationals over drug smuggling, the website of the country's judiciary reported on Tuesday.

The spokesman for the judiciary, Gholamhossein Esmaili, was quoted by the Mizan news agency as saying the case is under investigation and that Iran has informed the Swedish government and its embassy in Tehran about the development.

The report did not say where in Iran the Swedes were detailed or what type and quantity of drugs were confiscated from them.

The Swedish Foreign Ministry only confirmed that two of its nationals are being held in Iran but gave no other details, citing its policy not to give out details in consular cases.

According to Swedish television, the two have reportedly been held in Iran since January.

Iran lies on a main smuggling route linking the opium poppy fields of Afghanistan with Europe.

Iranian authorities confiscate hundreds of tons of narcotics - mostly opium - every year.

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