In 2009, Hossein Rassam had already been working for five years as the political analyst for the British Embassy in Tehran. Following the breakout of protests disputing the results of the presidential election that year, he was arrested and accused of being part of a conspiracy to foment a velvet revolution in Iran. Later he had to appear in a show trial and eventually received a suspended jail term. Hossein left Iran in 2011 and until very recently worked in the capacity of Senior Political Adviser on Iran for Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He continues to do Iran-related work and has formed a partnership to establish Rastah consultancy.