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Swiss Embassy Staffer Found Dead in Tehran After Fall from High-Rise

May 4, 2021
IranWire
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The first secretary of the Swiss embassy in Tehran has died after falling from a high-rise building, according to Iranian media.

An emergency services spokesman told Mehr News Agency that the 51-year-old woman had fallen from a tower in the Kamranieh neighborhood of Tehran.

Police in the area alerted paramedics on Tuesday morning, Mojtaba Khaledi said, but “it has been a long time since her death”.

He added that police are still investigating the circumstances. ILNA News Agency said the woman, understood to be the second highest-ranking employee at the embassy, had fallen from the 18th floor of the building.

The Swiss foreign ministry has since confirmed that one of its employees “died in a fatal incident on Tuesday”.

A spokesperson said: “The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and its head Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis are shocked by the tragic death and express their deepest condolences to the family.”

The ministry is in touch with the family and Iranian authorities. No further information about the incident has been released.

Switzerland has represented the United States’ diplomatic interests in Iran since Washington and Tehran cut off relations after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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