Attack on British embassy being probed: Iran

The assault had prompted Britain to close its embassy and order Iran`s embassy in London shut.

Last Updated: Dec 13, 2011, 23:14 PM IST

Tehran: Iranian legal authorities have
launched investigations against "several" people who stormed
the British embassy in Tehran last month, Tehran`s chief
prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said Tuesday.

The suspects were free on bail pending the outcome of the
inquiry, he said, according to the state news agency IRNA.

"The case is being investigated and a legal inquiry has
been launched," Dolatabadi was quoted as saying.

Hundreds of pro-regime supporters described as student
members of Iran`s Basij militia stormed the British embassy
and another British diplomatic compound in Tehran on November
29.

The assault prompted Britain to close its embassy and
order Iran`s embassy in London shut.

British officials accuse Iran`s regime of having
orchestrated or permitted the attack, which was roundly
condemned by the UN Security Council and several countries,
including Iranian allies Russia and China.

Iranian government officials, especially in the foreign
ministry, have sought in recent days to present the embassy
assault as an unplanned and unforseeable incident carried out
by students acting on their own.

An unspecified number of protesters were said to be
arrested after the storming of the embassy, but then released.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Sunday told
the Mehr news agency "we regret what happened," but said
Britain had overreacted.

A spokesman for the Iranian parliament`s national
security and foreign policy commission last week said "some
opportunist people" had broken international rules by entering
the embassy.

But he also attributed some of the blame to what he said
was Britain`s inadequate security precautions at the embassy.

PTI