Ahmadinejad Announces Iran Will Release British Hostages
Ahmadinejad meets the Brits including Faye Turney after she was given a hijab, of course!
** Kamangir has more photos of the meeting and several updates including this:
Ahmadinejad asked Blair not to prosecute the sailors for going into Iranian territory.
Mahmoud awarded a medal of honor to the Revolutionary Guards commander who captured the British sailors and marines in Iraqi waters.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gives a medal of honor in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, April 4, 2007 to Abolqasem Amangah, an Iranian Revolutionary guards commander, who was among those who intercepted the 15 U.K. sailors and marines in the Gulf. In a last minute twist to a long press conference Ahmadinejad announced that the Britons would be freed. No timetable was given. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Iran says they will release the 15 British hostages!
Fox News reported:
TEHRAN, Iran — Fifteen British sailors and marines seized by Iranian naval personnel have been pardoned and will be freed, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said at a press conference Wednesday, but he vowed his country would not tolerate invasions of its borders by any country.
“I announce that the great people of Iran and the Islamic Republic, even having legal rights to try these military people, in honor of the prophet’s birthday, will be freed as a gift to the people of the United Kingdom,” Ahmadinejad said in a speech to reporters, clerics and civil servants in a small hall in Tehran.
In response to a reporter’s question, Ahmadinejad said the British troops would be freed at the end of the press conference.
Prime Minister Tony Blair’s office said it “welcomes” the news that troops would be freed.
Ahmadinejad interrupted his speech to pin a medal on the commander of the Coast Guards involved in capturing the British personnel in the northern Gulf on March 23. Two other Coast Guards came on to the podium and saluted during the ceremony.
Sky News has reaction:
Marine Sperry’s brother James said: “I’ve just told my mum and she’s really chuffed.”
Free the Navy 15 Blog had planned a rally in London today… check for updates.
Captain’s Quarters says that CENTCOM has no evidence of the Iranian meeting with the 5 detained diplomats.
Sister Toldjah notes that Ahmeanie threw out a few jabs during his talk.
Prairie Pundit thinks something is backwards.
RedState says the Iranians knew the Brits would cave and they were right RedState also investigates the capture.
Pajamas Media has a roundup.
Thanks for the cheesy sweatsuits!
Publius Pundit sees this as a well orchestrated publicity stunt.
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