Tehran | Detained in Iran for nearly a year, the anthropologist franco-iranian Fariba Adelkhah has been sentenced to five years in prison for “collusion to threaten national security”, announced on Saturday his lawyer.
This specialist of shi’ism, a researcher at Sciences Po, Paris 61 years old, has always proclaimed his innocence.
His arrest in June 2019, as that of another French researcher Roland Marchal – released recently -, had been denounced by France, who demands his release, as his support committee in Paris.
The researcher has been sentenced to five years in prison for “collusion to threaten national security” and one year for “propaganda against the system” policy of the islamic Republic, but she must serve only the sentence the longest, ” said mr. Saeed Dehghan.
“Undermine national security”
These sentences can nevertheless be the subject of an appeal, according to him.
The trial of the researcher was opened on 3 march before the 15th chamber of the revolutionary court of Tehran.
At the conclusion of the second hearing on 19 April, his lawyer had said they hoped to discharge.
The researcher had been very weakened by a hunger strike of 49 days between the end of December and February, according to Me Dehghan.
His colleague and companion, Roland Marchal, had been arrested as she in June 2019 when he came to visit him in Tehran.
Accused of “collusion to threaten national security”, he was eventually released at the end of march. Tehran was then referred to an exchange with an engineer in iranian detained in France and threatened with extradition to the United States.
Specialist in sub-saharan Africa, Mr. Marchal is, as Ms. Adelkhah, a researcher at the Centre de recherches internationales (CERI) Sciences Po, Paris.
Saw that”at least two people must be involved” in the prosecution of the “conspiracy threaten the national security,” it may be that the second is M. Marchal, whose case has not been classified even if it has been released, said Saturday Mr. Dehghan.
According to the lawyer, the charge of “propaganda against the political system” refers to the words of the researcher on the wearing of the veil in Iran, but according to him it is a remarks a university before any more than a value judgment.
After his hunger strike, the committee in support of Ms. Adelkhah was alarmed of the risk of the spread of the epidemic Covid-19 in the prisons of Iran, one of the most affected countries in the world, with more than 6900 deaths.
Me Dehghan had recently indicated that the researcher was suffering from a “disease of the kidney, as a result of (the) hunger strike”.
Iran does not recognize dual nationality. The arrests of foreign nationals in Iran, including dual nationals, accused often of espionage, have increased since the unilateral withdrawal in 2018 of the Member-States of the international agreement on the iranian nuclear issue and the restoration of harsh us sanctions against Tehran.
The French minister of foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian, had qualified in early February of”unbearable” the arrests of Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal.
The committee of support of the two researchers had believed him, that the charges against them were fabricated and did not cease to demand their immediate release.
In recent months, Iran has made several exchanges of prisoners with a country that has iranian nationals convicted of, are awaiting trial, or under threat of extradition to the United States.