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Iranian police call report of diplomat's arrest 'baseless'

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  • Man accused of "indecent sexual relation" with woman in his car
  • Woman was "improperly dressed and in an obscene situation," first report said
  • Incident occurred after diplomat promised to marry the woman, reports said
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TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- An Iranian police spokesman has denied reports that the country's police force arrested a Swiss diplomat, Iran's official news agency reported Saturday.

"Speaking to IRNA, Col. Mehdi Ahmadi said the Iranian police officially denies such baseless reports," the news agency reported.

Iran's Press TV had reported this week the arrest of the diplomat on a sex charge and said he had been released from jail on Thursday.

The man had "indecent sexual relation[s]" with an Iranian woman in his car, Iran's Press TV reported, citing Iranian police. The man was not named, but Press TV said he was the first secretary of the U.S. Interests section of the Swiss Embassy.

CNN could not independently confirm the report.

Police said they spotted the car with diplomatic plates in a parking lot and caught the diplomat. The woman was "improperly dressed and in an obscene situation," Press TV said.

The "sexual relation" occurred after the diplomat promised that he would marry the woman, Press TV reported. Both were released on bail. It was not clear what charges were filed against the woman, Press TV said.

Press TV said it had contacted the deputy head of the U.S. Interest Section in Tehran, Elizabeth Bucher, but she would not comment on the report.

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