By: Mir M.Hosseini
Jalal Sharafi, an Iranian diplomat who was taken hostage during a kidnapping in 2007 was released on Tuesday, April, 3 2007, and walked back into the Iranian embassy in Baghdad.
It remains unclear whether the release of the 15 British naval personnel on April, 4, 2007 had any connection with the release of a senior Iranian diplomat,
Although it is not clear who had abducted him, Jalal Sharifi was taken captive by a group of men dressed in uniforms of the Iraqi 36th Commando Battalion – a special Iraqi unit under U.S. direction. After his release, Sharafi claimed he had been kidnapped and tortured by American troops and agents of some Iraqi organization acting under the supervision of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Signs of torture were reportedly found on Sharafi's body for which he received medical treatment. On Jan, 11, 2007 US took five Iranian diplomats hostage. The Iranian nationals arrested in the US raid on Iranian liaison office in Erbil were not released until Jul, 9, 2009 by US authorities after 910 days of imprisonment.
The British government however repeatedly stated that it made no deals with the United States or with Iran to secure the release of the detainees, and the timing of these events may be purely coincidental.