By By The Associated Press Writer APRIL 30, 2019 10:00AMIRAH, Iran (AP) A pair of Rebok sneakers from the Middle East’s most famous shoe brand is being auctioned at auction in Iran after it was confiscated in the Iranian city of Shiraz, where Iran’s Revolutionary Guards say they are investigating possible human rights violations.
The shoes, which were imported from Britain and are being sold by a British company, were seized at a market in the city on Saturday after an Iranian court ordered the authorities to take them back.
Iranian authorities had issued a nationwide ban on the sale of Rebeoks last year, but the shoes are still sold in Tehran, Shiraz and other cities, including Mashhad, in western Iran.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday that the shoes were seized by the Revolutionary Guard’s Inspection Corps in Shiraz.
The Guards say the shoes came from the British company that manufactured them and that the country is investigating possible allegations of human rights abuses.
The Foreign Ministry has not provided details about the shoes.
The sneakers were produced between 1963 and 1975 by British company Reeboks, a British-Iranian company based in England.
The shoes have been worn by celebrities including Tom Cruise, Stephen Fry, Michael Jackson and even Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A spokesman for the British firm said it is “deeply concerned” by the seizure and that it has asked the authorities in Tehran to release the shoes and to provide them to its customers.
The spokesman did not elaborate on what the British-based company was doing with the shoes or whether the company was being investigated by the Iranian authorities.
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