Swiss diplomat in Iran discovered lifeless after ‘fall from tower block’


A 52-year-old Swiss embassy worker was discovered lifeless on the foot of a tower block by a gardener, police mentioned.

The Iranian police have introduced an investigation into the loss of life of a Swiss diplomat whose physique a rescue official mentioned was discovered on Tuesday morning on the foot of a tower block.

“Specialised police units are in the process of examining” the circumstances across the loss of life of the “52-year-old Swiss citizen employed by the Swiss embassy in Tehran”, the nationwide police mentioned in a short on-line assertion.

Mojtaba Khaledi, spokesman for the nationwide rescue service, mentioned the physique was discovered within the morning by a gardener after the diplomat “fell from a [residential] tower in Kamranieh”, a northern district of Tehran.

Khaledi advised the AFP information company that the diplomat lived within the tower block and had fallen from the 17th flooring.

“This person was the first secretary of the Swiss embassy,” Khaledi advised Mehr information company. “The cause of her fall has yet to be determined.”

2021 05 04T130839Z 2012100412 RC2Z8N9VWHBI RTRMADP 3 IRAN SWISS DEATHAn entrance to the tower the place the physique of the Swiss diplomat was discovered [Erfan Assar/WANA via Reuters]

The Swiss international ministry (FDFA) confirmed an worker at its embassy in Iran had died in an accident.

“The FDFA and its head Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis are shocked by the tragic death and express their deepest condolences to the family,” it mentioned.

The Swiss embassy in Iran was in contact with native authorities over the matter, the ministry added.

Iran’s international ministry expressed condolences in a press release, saying it’ll make an announcement as soon as investigations are full.

The Swiss embassy handles US pursuits in Iran since ties between Washington and Tehran had been minimize within the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic revolution.