Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota described the incident ‘worrying’ when an un-named Iranian diplomat was accused of inappropriately touching girls between 9 and 15 years old at a pool in a private club in Brazil last weekend.
The father of one of the girls said the diplomat was caught and almost lynched by angry parents before security staff at the club intervened saying that ‘people wanted to kill him.’
The diplomat was questioned by police following complaints from the angry parents but he was released after invoking ‘diplomatic immunity.’
The Iranian embassy said the allegations were the result of "a misunderstanding resulting from differences in cultural behavior" and blamed the Brazilian media for sensationalizing the story.
Patriota, however, was taking the matter seriously calling the diplomat's behavior as 'unacceptable' and was considering what actions to take against him after a clarification was given by the Iranian embassy.
He said "personally I would consider it unacceptable if any Brazilian diplomat conducted himself in this manner in the country in which he was accredited."