Financial Times

Posted: 14 January 2020

Iran’s judiciary threatens to expel UK ambassador

Iran’s judiciary said it considered the UK ambassador to Tehran “persona non grata” for alleged participation in anti-government protests, escalating diplomatic tensions between the two countries…

Charles Hollis, a former British diplomat in Tehran and now managing director of Assynt, a geopolitical risk consultancy, said life would be very difficult for Mr Macaire now he had been singled out by Iran’s powerful judiciary.

The hope would have been to keep [his] head down and hope this all blows over, but the hardliners have staked out their position and it may make it more difficult for the moderate elements to resist taking any action against him,” he said. “The fact he has been cited as an undesirable by the hardline elements of the judiciary puts him at a greater risk.