Iran: researcher Fariba Adelkhah reincarcerated in Tehran


Franco-Iranian researcher Fariba Adelkhah was imprisoned again in Tehran, prompting Paris to warn on Wednesday January 12 against “negative consequences” of this return to prison.

“We learn with amazement and indignation of the reincarceration in Evin prison of Fariba Adelkhah”, announced its support committee in Paris in a press release, denouncing the actions “cynics” of the Iranian power which would use the case of the researcher “according to exterior or interior purposes which remain opaque”.

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“The decision to reincarcerate him, which we condemn, can only have negative consequences on the relationship between France and Iran and reduce trust between our two countries”, the foreign ministry said in a statement, demanding the “immediate release” of the researcher.

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Arrested in June 2019 and sentenced in May 2020 to five years in prison for breaches of national security, which her supporters have always denied. She had been on home arrest since October 2020.

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This turnaround comes as theIran and several countries (France, United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, China, plus the United States indirectly) relaunched talks in November to save the 2015 agreement (“JCPOA”), supposed to prevent Tehran from acquiring of atomic weapons, a particularly burning issue that is scrutinized throughout the region.

Iran detains several dual nationals and another French citizen, Benjamin Brière. They are sometimes accused of espionage. In recent years, the Islamic Republic has carried out several exchanges of detainees with foreign countries.