MP urges Britons to leave Iran after arrest of ‘British linked’ suspects Foreign Policy | Daily News Byte

MP urges Britons to leave Iran after arrest of ‘British linked’ suspects Foreign Policy

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The chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee has said that all Britons still in Iran must leave immediately because “industrial” people are being held hostage by the state.

Alicia Cairns made her call after the Iranian government said it had arrested seven “British-linked” suspects, including some dual nationals, allegedly involved in the country’s anti-government protests that began 100 days ago.

British diplomats are seeking clarification from Iran about those arrested.

Cairns said: “This is an industrialized state hostage-taking. This is what Iran is doing now.

She said the individuals were being described as “British linked” because the Iranians were trying to claim the West and the UK in particular was organizing the protests. “They will never admit that this is because of a brutally corrupt and oppressive regime,” Cairns said.

“Iran has shown that it will happily arrest anyone with dual citizenship. If I were a British overseas dual citizen in Iran I would leave completely because the evidence is that they will use it in any game of chess and use brutal repression. I would encourage anyone from the West to get out as safely as possible,” she added.

Cairns, the Conservative MP for Rutland and Melton, called for sanctions against Tehran to be announced every day after the execution of any protester by the Iranian regime. She also challenged the claim made by Rishi Sunak that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps had already been placed under UK sanctions. He made this claim while giving evidence to the Commons Liaison Committee

The IRGC does not appear as a sanctioned entity in the latest consolidated list of Iranian individuals and entities subject to an asset freeze or travel ban.

The seven men arrested were taken into custody in Kerman province and are believed to be members of a group code-named Zagros, dedicated to organizing protests. It is possible that none of those arrested are British citizens.

The government inside Iran forced a plane carrying the wife and daughter of Ali Dai, the captain of the Iranian national football team between 2000 and 2006, to turn back after leaving Tehran for Dubai.

The plane landed at the airport in Kish, an island south of the Iranian mainland, where they were escorted off the plane by security guards. Dei said his family had left for a weekend shopping trip and denied they were trying to travel to the US. Authorities said the family was arrested but subject to a travel ban because they were linked to troublemakers and called for a general strike.

In an effort to curb citizen journalism, the regime is also planning to criminalize filming events on the street with mobile phones.

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