November 9, 2022

By Rival Times

The Spanish Ana Baneira, 24 years old, has been arrested during the protests unleashed in Iran after the death of the young Kurdish-Iranian Masha Amini, who died after being arrested for wearing the veil wrongly, as reported by the News Agency of Human Rights Activists (HRANA).

The agency has identified the second detainee as Ana Baneira, 24 years old. “Baneira’s whereabouts and the date on which she was detained are unknown. An informed source close to the family has informed HRANA that she has been detained in recent days,” the outlet explained in a brief note.

Spanish diplomatic sources consulted by Europa Press have indicated that they cannot confirm the arrest of the Spanish citizen, but “the Embassy is closely following all the information” and is trying to contact the affected people and their families.

HRANA mentions that “during the protests the security forces have arrested at least two Spanish citizens who are still in custody: Santiago Sanchez, 41, was arrested after visiting the tomb of Mahsa Amini” in Saghez and Baneira itself.

Santiago Sanchez Cogedor was arrested on his way to Qatar on foot to watch the World Cup, Sanchez’s mother, Celia Cogedor, confirmed to Europa Press on October 28.

Sanchez’s family has been informed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that the Iranian authorities have confirmed his arrest, without the reasons being clear for now, and have let them know that “he is in good health”.

The Spanish ambassador to Iran, Angel Losada, can request to visit those arrested in prison within the framework of the consular assistance that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs always provides to any Spaniard detained abroad. It is the detainees themselves who decide if they want their family to be informed of their situation and everything related to their case.