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Iran sends Swedish suspect home

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Iranian authorities have released a Swedish citizen who has been held in Tehrhan since August after being charged with setting up a pyramid scheme and accused of espionage. The Swedish-Iranian employee of Oriflame cosmetics firm has left Iran, according to Sweden’s foreign ministry.


 

The unnamed man, the company's local sales manager, has been released on bail and has left the country, the Swedish foreign ministry told Swedish radio. Meanwhile, an Iranian delegation arrived in Sweden to visit the Swedish parliament and the foreign ministry.

Iranian authorities shut down the Tehran office of Swedish company Oriflame on 22 August, arresting five of its employees.

"Oriflame intended to fight the (Iranian) system. There are no economic reasons behind the company," Iran's intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi told state media at the time.
The company denies the accusations and says four of the five people arrested have now been released.

Meanwhile, five Nordic countries - Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden - appealed to Iran on Thursday to commute the sentence against Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, a woman condemned to death for adultery.