Spanish man trekking to World Cup in Qatar believed arrested in Iran

A Spanish man trekking from Madrid to Doha for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is believed to be under arrest in Iran where he went missing more than three weeks ago, his family says.

“We learned this morning from the (Spanish) foreign ministry that there’s a 99% chance he is arrested,” Celia Cogedor, the mother of 41-year-old trekker Santiago Sánchez, tells The Associated Press.

“We are filled with hope,” she says.

Sánchez’s sister is due to meet tomorrow with officials at the Spanish Foreign Ministry in Madrid to learn further details.

The foreign ministry says in a statement that the Spanish embassy in Tehran is in touch with Iranian authorities about Sánchez. It declines to provide further details.

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