Chinese man arrested in Iran for allegedly posting pictures of women online

Iranian authorities have arrested a Chinese man for allegedly posting photos on social media of women he met in Iran without their consent, a prosecutor in the central Iranian city of Kashan told local news agencies on Tuesday.

Ruhollah Dehqani, the prosecutor, told the semi-official ILNA news agency that police and intelligence services detained the unnamed man at a road toll booth in the city, Reuters reported.

After he was accused by multiple users of bragging about easily meeting Iranian women on social media, the man posted an apology video on YouTube saying he had removed all the images.

Iran’s Islamic law prohibits contact between unrelated men and women and bans the posting of images on social media that authorities deem “immoral.

China’s Foreign Ministry, which has close ties with Iran, did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.

The semi-official YJC news agency reported that prosecutor Dehqani said several people had filed complaints against the defendants and that the case would be heard by a court specializing in cases related to ethics issues.