- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Iranian state television says authorities have released all but one of the Iranian employees of the British Embassy who were detained last week.

State-run Press TV says the sole Iranian who remains in custody is being held on suspicion of playing a role in post-election violence.

Britain said nine of its local employees initially were arrested last week, and five were released on Monday. Both Britain and the European Union had condemned the detentions as “harassment and intimidation.”

Britain did not immediately respond to word of the releases Wednesday.

The detentions escalated Iran’s standoff with the West over the ferocity of its crackdown on opposition protesters who contested the results of last month’s presidential election.

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