Iran drops accusation of espionage against the detained French researcher (lawyer)

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Lawyer Fariba Adelkhawa said on Tuesday that Iran had dropped the espionage charges brought against the Iranian-French researcher who had been detained in the Islamic Republic since June 2019.

“The accusation of espionage against her has been dropped,” lawyer Saeed Dehghan told AFP.

But it still faces two other charges: “propaganda against the political system” of the Islamic Republic and “conspiracy against national security,” said Dehghan.

The authorities have also dismissed the prosecutions against Adelkhawa on charges of “violating public order”.

Professor of anthropology specializing in Shiite affairs Fariba Adelkhwa works at the Center for International Research at the Faculty of Political Science in Paris, and her arrest was confirmed on charges of “espionage” last July.

Iran does not recognize dual nationality and has repeatedly rejected requests from foreign governments for consular visits to detainees during legal proceedings.

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Iranian ambassador last month to protest the “unacceptable detention” of Adelkhwah and another French academic, Roland Marshall, arrested on charges of “collusion against national security”, renewing its demand for their release.


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