Ana Baneira, the Galician imprisoned in Iran, denies that she was arrested in a protest: “I’m not an activist”

The 25-year-old woman offers an interview after spending greater than 4 months in two prisons in Iran. She assures that she got here to the nation as a “backpacker” and that she was not on the protests over the homicide of Masha Amini. She explains that she was arrested when she was refueling at a gasoline station with an Iranian colleague

Ana Baneira, the 25-year-old Spaniard imprisoned in Iran and lately launched, claims to be “tremendous completely happy” after her return residence, together with her household, in A Coruña, grateful for all of the work achieved for her launch and assured that it’s going to even be achieved that of the opposite Spaniard retained within the nation, Santiago Sánchez.

He additionally does so in an interview by which he insists that he’s not an “activist”. “I went in on September 6, there was no protest of any variety and I did not see it coming,” she says after explaining that she traveled to Iran as a “backpacker.”

He did so after beforehand visiting Turkey, Georgia and Armenia and with out it being initially scheduled. “At the start of my journey, the objective was to not go to Iran however to the capital of Azerbaijan, however the land border was closed and I made a decision to go all the way down to Iran,” a rustic whose hospitality stands out for its individuals and to which he acknowledges that he would return. “If they promise me they will not cease me.”

As for his arrest, “on October 11 or 12,” he specifies, explaining that it occurred after going, beforehand, to request a visa on the immigration workplace to remain longer in Iran. She denies that this arrest occurred within the context of the protests over the dying of Mahsa Amini, the 22-year-old Kurdish woman who was killed for carrying the hijab incorrectly.

She assures that she was arrested when she was with an Iranian colleague within the automotive refueling with out, at first, they defined why she was being detained. “You power your self to assume that they’re going to launch you, however you do not know when,” she says after she went by means of two prisons.

The younger Galician was launched final Saturday, after greater than 4 months in jail. The information that she was imprisoned broke in November 2022 and, from the outset, her household requested for “discretion” in order that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs may get hold of her launch. Last Sunday, Minister José Manuel Albares communicated the completely happy information.

Ana arrived in Galicia final Monday, after a two-day journey and stopping at varied airports. She from Tehran to Dubai, from Dubai to Geneva and from there to Santiago de Compostela (A Coruña), the place she was acquired by her dad and mom and her two sisters.