The French Government has confirmed the release of the Franco-Iranian anthropologist Fariba Adelkhahimprisoned until now in the prison of Evinin Tehranafter a sentence of six years in prison by the Iranian Justice accused of endangering national security and making propaganda against the regime.
Adelkhah was arrested along with her partner and husband, the French scientist Roland Marchal (already released), at Tehran airport in June 2019 for allegedly spreading anti-regime propaganda.
“France welcomes the release tonight of Sciences Po’s International Research Center (CERI) investigator, who was unjustly detained in Iran,” the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
“It is essential that Mrs. Fariba Adelkhah can recover all their freedoms, including the right to return to France if they wish,” the government added in the statement.
“France reiterates its demand for the immediate and unconditional release of all French citizens arbitrarily detained in Iran”, the official note stressed in relation to cases similar to those of Adelkhah such as those of cecile kohler either Benjamin Brière.
In addition to Adelkhah, the Iranian activist Farhad Meysami, imprisoned in the Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj, has also been released, as confirmed by the Iranian reformist media. shargh daily and the opposition NGO Hrana, as well as the journalist Nooshin Jafari and the sociologist Neda Mohseni.
All these releases seem to take place within the framework of the great amnesty announced last weekend by the Iranian authorities in commemoration of the 44th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution; a gesture also understood as an attempt to appease the population in the midst of protests against the death in custody, in September last year, of the young Kurdish-Iranian Mahsa Amini, and which have claimed the lives of between 481 and 528 protesters, according to NGO.
The news of his release came after the wave of international condemnation of the release of an image of the activist, completely emaciated by the hunger strike he began in protest against his imprisonment.
(With information from Europa Press)
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