Two Journalists and an Oil Transaction Germany's Role in a Business Deal with Iran

With Berlin's approval, the German central bank provided assistance to India in an oil deal with Iran. The US has vociferously criticized any such dealings with Tehran, but according to information received by SPIEGEL ONLINE, the deal was connected with the release of two German reporters detained by the Ahmadinejad regime.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) shakes hands with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Feb. 19, 2011.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) shakes hands with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Feb. 19, 2011.

Foto: AFP / President Office