Iran sentences French academic to six years in prison: lawyer

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Dubai – Iran has sentenced French-Iranian academic, Fariba Adelkhah, to six years in prison national security charges, her lawyer said on Saturday.

“The court has sentenced her to six years.

“We have appealed and if accepted, the sentence drop to five years,’’ Adelkhah’s lawyer, Saeed Dehghan, told Reuters.

Iran dropped spying against Adelkhah but she remained in jail other security-related charges, Dehghan said in March.

Iran has rejected France’s call to release Adelkhah, a 60-year-old anthropologist, who has been detained since June 2019, saying the demand is an interference in Tehran’s internal affairs.

Tehran does not recognise dual nationality.

In March, Iran released Adelkhah’s partner, French academic Roland Marchal, who was imprisoned in Iran since June last year.

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have arrested dozens of dual nationals recent years, mostly espionage charges.