LONDON — Britain's No. 2 diplomat in Iran was released in Tehran today, 24 hours after he was abducted by gunmen from a "shadowy revolutionary committee," a Foreign Office spokesman said.
The spokesman said Edward Chaplin, 36, was "severely beaten" during his abduction and "we have no word yet on his medical condition.
"From what we understand he is back in his home (in Tehran) with his wife," the spokesman said.
Chaplin was kidnaped while police in Manchester, England, held an Iranian diplomat on charges of shoplifting and assaulting a police officer. But Britain said it could not determine if the two incidents were linked.
"There can be no justification to link the two cases," the spokesman said. "If they did make any connection, it would be totally unjustified."