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France demands release of French academic in Iranian jail

France demands release of French academic in Iranian jail

dpa
Paris
France responded with outrage on Wednesday after French anthropologist Fariba Adelkhah was again imprisoned in Iran.
The 62-year-old was allowed to move from a prison to house arrest in October, where she has since been monitored with an electronic ankle bracelet.
Without any justification or prior notice, the Iranian authorities have taken her back into custody, the French Foreign Ministry said late Wednesday.
A spokesperson demanded her immediate release.
The academic, who also has Iranian nationality, was arrested together with her colleague and partner Roland Marchal at Tehran airport in June 2019. Both were convicted of endangering national security and spreading anti-regime propaganda.
Marchal, 64, was released in March as part of a prisoner exchange between Paris and Tehran.
The Foreign Ministry spokesperson described Adelkhah’s return to prison as “purely political and arbitrary.” Her renewed detention could only have a “negative” impact on relations, the official said.
President Emmanuel Macron had previously demanded Adelkhah’s immediate release but this was rejected by the Foreign Ministry in Tehran. At the time, Iran accused France of interfering in its internal
affairs.

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