Iran grants 5-day leave to French-Iranian citizen
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities have granted furlough to a Franco-Iranian scholar who was sentenced to five years in prison for allegedly spreading propaganda, Iranian media reported Tuesday.
The semi-official ISNA news agency quoted Fariba Adelkhah’s lawyer, Hojjat Kermani, as saying Adelkhah was on leave for five days but hoped it would be extended.
In January, Iranian justice officials ordered the re-incarceration of Adelkhah, who had been arrested in 2019. Adelkhah had for a time been allowed to serve a five-year prison sentence under house arrest.
She had been accused of “propaganda against the political system of the Islamic Republic” and “collusion to undermine national security”.
Another French citizen, Benjamin Brière, was arrested in May 2020 and Iran confirmed the French tourist’s eight-year prison sentence for taking photos in a prohibited area and asking questions about the compulsory Islamic hijab for tourists. women in Iran.
Tehran wants a major prisoner swap as part of ongoing talks on restoring Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers in Vienna. A similar exchange accompanied the 2015 agreement.
Adelkhah is among the Western prisoners in Iran who hold dual nationality. Iran does not recognize the status of dual nationals, recognizing them only as Iranian citizens. Western nations have urged Iran to release dual nationals and others, alleging they are being used as bargaining chips in negotiations.