Dorothy Parvaz deported to Iran

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Missing Al Jazeera correspondent, Dorothy Parvaz, has been deported to Iran.

Parvaz had been detained in Syria by government officials, after arriving in the capital city, Damascus on April 29th. She had flown from Doha, site of Al Jazerra’s head office, to the country to cover the recent anti-government protests.

The Syrian embassy in Washington DC said Parvaz tried to enter Syria using an expired Iranian visa and was subsequently escorted by the Iranian consul to Caspian Airlines flight 7905 heading to Tehran.

In a statement by Al Jazeera they said: “We are calling for information from the Iranian authorities, access to Dorothy, and for her immediate release. We have had no contact with Dorothy since she left Doha on April 29 and we are deeply concerned for her welfare.”

The Iranian foreign minister told Al Jazeera that he had no knowledge of Parvaz’s whereabouts and urged Syria to look in to the case.

Dorothy Parvaz’s family said: “Dorothy is a dearly loved daughter, sister and fiancée, and a committed journalist”

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