Senior Diplomat Dead In Fall From High-Rise Building In Tehran

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Senior Diplomat Dead In Fall From High-Rise Building In Tehran

Mural on the American Embassy in Iran. (Credit: Phillip Maiwald)

The Iranian police have announced an investigation into the death of a high-ranked Swiss diplomat whose body was found at the foot of a tower block in Tehran on May 4th. The Swiss foreign ministry confirmed an employee at its embassy in Iran had died in an accident.

“Specialised police units are in the process of examining” the circumstances around the death of the “51-year-old Swiss citizen employed by the Swiss embassy in Tehran”, the national police said in a statement.

The body was reportedly found by a gardener. According to Mojtaba Khaledi, spokesman for the national rescue service, the woman fell from the 17th floor of a residential tower in Kamranieh, a northern district of Tehran, where the diplomat lived. When asked whether there were signs of a conflict or a forced entry into her house, Khaledi said that the emergency services have no information.

“This person was the first secretary of the Swiss embassy,” Khaledi cited saying to Mehr news agency. “The cause of her fall has yet to be determined.”

According to some reports, the deceased was in charge of the representation of US interests in Iran. Switzerland has represented U.S. diplomatic interests in Iran since Washington and Tehran cut ties shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Such a tragic death of a senior diplomat raises a lot of suspicions, spatially amid the current sharp deterioration of relations between Tehran, Washington and Tel Aviv.


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