Iran police probe Swiss diplomat's death after 'fall'

WION Web Team
Geneva, Switzerland Published: May 04, 2021, 07:43 PM(IST)

A woman walks past Swiss flags wearing a protective face mask ahead of the announcement by Swiss government of new restrictions to fight the Covid-19 outbreak in Bern Photograph:( AFP )

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Iranian emergency services spokesman Mojtaba Khaledi said the diplomat's body was found by a gardener after an employee who arrived at her apartment early on Tuesday noticed she was missing

Iranian police have announced an investigation into the death of a Swiss diplomat whose body a rescue official said was found Tuesday morning at the foot of a tower block.

"Specialised police units are in the process of examining" the circumstances around the death of a "52-year-old Swiss citizen employed by the Swiss embassy in Tehran," the national police said in a brief online statement. 

Iranian emergency services spokesman Mojtaba Khaledi said the diplomat's body was found by a gardener after an employee who arrived at her apartment early on Tuesday noticed she was missing, the news agency Fars reported.

Khaledi said that the diplomat lived in the tower block and had fallen from the seventeenth floor.

Switzerland's foreign ministry confirmed that "a Swiss employee of the Swiss Embassy in Tehran died in a fatal incident on Tuesday". 

The Swiss embassy in Iran was in touch with local authorities over the matter, the ministry added. 

The Swiss embassy handles US interests in Iran, since ties between Washington and Tehran were cut in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic revolution.

(With inputs from agencies)

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