The German Foreign Office has confirmed the arrest of a German national in Iran for allegedly taking photos in “no-go areas”.
The ministry declined to provide further details, but sources told RFE/RL’s Radio Farda that the 66-year-old had been in jail in Iran for more than a month.
The sources added that the man was arrested more than 40 days ago and spent half his time in solitary confinement. He is now imprisoned in Aran’s headquarters and Bidgol prison near the central Iranian city of Kashan, they said.
The man is said to have visited several cities as he toured Iran on a motorbike, including Tehran and Tabriz.
German authorities only learned of his arrest after losing contact with his family, prompting them to seek help from the German embassy in Iran.
The German Foreign Ministry said its mission in Tehran had had access to the man, but no further details could be released.
Iranian judicial and security authorities have not yet announced the arrest of the German citizen.
Two dual Iranian-German citizens, Jamshid Sharmahd and Nahid Taghvi, were previously detained in Iran, which has arrested dozens of foreigners and dual nationals in recent years, often on widely criticized espionage and security charges.
Western countries have repeatedly accused Iran of trying to take advantage of foreign countries by taking foreign nationals and dual nationals hostage.
The German national’s arrest also comes as Iran and world powers are reportedly close to reaching an agreement on reviving the 2015 deal on Tehran’s nuclear program.