Iran Sentences French-Iranian Academic to 6 Years in Prison

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PARIS — A French-Iranian academic who has been detained in Iran for almost a year was sentenced on Saturday to six years in prison on national security charges, according to her lawyer.

The academic, Fariba Adelkhah, was sentenced “to five years jail for gathering and conspiring against Iran’s national security,” the lawyer, Saeid Dehghan, told Reuters, adding that she was also given a one-year jail term “for propaganda against the Islamic Republic.”

Mr. Dehghan wrote on Twitter that his client would appeal the decision. He could not be immediately reached for comment.

Iran has arrested dozens of dual citizens on espionage charges in recent years, regularly using their release as a bargaining chip to seek the repatriation of Iranian prisoners in other countries. Ms. Adelkhah, who was arrested in Tehran in June 2019, was also accused of espionage, which is punishable by death, but those charges were lifted earlier this year. The national security charges, however, were upheld.

In March, Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was temporarily released over fears that the coronavirus was spreading in Iranian prisons. Iran released more than 85,000 prisoners in March in response to the pandemic.

France’s foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, condemned the sentencing on Saturday.

“This sentencing is not based on any serious element or fact and is thus a political decision,” Mr. Le Drien said in a statement sent by the Foreign Ministry. “We are urging the Iranian authorities to immediately release Ms. Adelkhah.”

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