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Paris has called on Iran to immediately release a French-Iranian researcher

Paris has called on Iran to immediately release a French-Iranian researcher

Adelka was arrested in 2019 and sentenced to five years in prison in 2020 (AFP)

French Foreign Ministry On Wednesday, French-Iranian researcher Farifa Adelkah was sentenced by Tehran to five years in prison but was recently placed under house arrest; She was sent back to jail.

“The decision to send her back to prison, we condemn, will have a negative impact on relations between France and Iran and will weaken the trust between our two countries,” the ministry said in a statement.

Adelka, a researcher at the International Research Center in Paris, was arrested in 2019 and sentenced in 2020 to five years in prison before being placed under house arrest.

A British Council employee who was released from spying in Iran has returned to Britain

In a related context, the British Council on Wednesday confirmed that its employee, Aras Amiri, had returned to the United Kingdom after being released in Iran, where he was accused of spying in 2019.

“We are pleased to confirm that the Iranian Supreme Court has acquitted Aras Amiri of all charges following his lawyer’s appeal. He has been released and has returned to the UK,” the group said in a statement. .

In May 2019, the Iranian judiciary sentenced her to ten years in prison on charges of “spying” for the United Kingdom. British Prime Minister Theresa May later described the sentence as “shocking”. In August, the Court of Appeal upheld the sentence and conviction of Aras Amiri.

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In recent years, several sentences have been handed down to imprison British Iranians in Iran who do not recognize dual citizenship.

The most notable of these was the British-Iranian Nassan Zakari-Radcliffe, who works for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, who was arrested in 2016 and sentenced in 2009 to five years in prison for participating in anti-government protests. She refuses.

One month after serving his sentence, Zachary-Radcliffe was sentenced again on April 26 to one year in prison, following a one-year travel ban for “campaigning against the regime.”

(Reuters, AFP)