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Iran sentences French academic Fariba Adelkhah to five years in prison

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Iran sentenced a French-Iranian academic to five years in prison on national security charges on Saturday, according to her lawyer Said Dahghan.

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Fariba Adelkhah was "sentenced to five years for gathering and conspiring against national security, and one year for propaganda against the Islamic republic", Dehghan said.

He said his client would only be expected to serve the longer, five-year jail term and added that she intended to appeal.

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61-year-old Adelkhah, a specialist in Shiite Islam and a research director at Sciences Po University in Paris, was in Evin prison in Tehran as she awaited her trial.

Adelkhahs French colleague Roland Marchal was arrested while visiting her, according to Dehghan, who represents both academics.

Their case has raised tensions between Iran and France, which has called for them to be released as a “gesture” of goodwill.

Adelkhah had maintained a hunRead More – Source