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Brazilian authorities arrested an Iranian diplomat at a swimming pool in Brazil after parents accused him of touching their young daughters in underwater frolics, The Wall Street Journal reported today. Police arrested the official on in Brasilia on Saturday, said WSJ, but after learning that he was a diplomat turned him over to the local Iranian embassy. His current whereabouts are unknown.
The girls told their parents that the diplomat, who was reportedly paddling around the pool duck-diver-style, tried to touch them inappropriately when he dipped underwater, according WSJ.
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O Globo said such a charge would normally carry an eight-to-15 year sentence. Local official told WSJ that the accused, who denies doing anything inappropriate, could be tried in the Islamic Republic.
Brazil and Iran have historically had fairly close relations but seem to have drifted slightly apart under Brazil’s current president Dilma Rousseff, with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad opting out of a visit there during his most recent Latin America tour, said WSJ.
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