Iran expels two Britons and Indian

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The Independent Online
LONDON (PA) - Two Britons and an Indian national employed by the British Embassy in Tehran have been ordered to leave Iran, the Foreign Office said yesterday. Britain's acting charge d'affaires, David Reddaway, was summoned to the Foreign Ministry to be told of the move, the latest in a series of tit- for-tat expulsions. Relations between the two countries have deteriorated sharply since June.

Iran said the three had been involved in unspecified 'illegal activities' and had one week to leave. British officials were trying to trace the Britons, named by the Iranians as Alan Charles Cordier and Martin William Butibai. Their occupations were not known. The Indian, Raju Varughese, was employed locally by the embassy as an accountant.

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