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Slovak still held in Iran

FOREIGN Minister Miroslav Lajčák has met his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehim to discuss Matej Valuch, a Slovak citizen detained in Iran for alleged espionage, the SITA newswire reported on February 3.

FOREIGN Minister Miroslav Lajčák has met his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehim to discuss Matej Valuch, a Slovak citizen detained in Iran for alleged espionage, the SITA newswire reported on February 3.

“The content of their talks was primarily the resolution of the case of the detained Slovak in Iran,” said the ministry’s press department as quoted by SITA.

Iran accuses Valuch of violating its national security, claiming he was working as a CIA agent, something to which he apparently confessed in a video called ‘Hunter in Trap [sic]’, filmed by the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence. The man’s family does not believe that he is involved in espionage, and he is believed by many to be a victim of Iranian propaganda.

Meanwhile, the Slovak consul in Tehran has visited Valuch in prison. Though he did not reveal any details, he said that Valuch was allright, SITA wrote.

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