Iran General NewsIran resumes trial of French lecturer, no verdict

Iran resumes trial of French lecturer, no verdict


ImageReuters: A French teaching assistant who was arrested in Tehran on spying charges after Iran's disputed election appeared before a judge on Tuesday, the French Foreign Ministry spokesman said. ImagePARIS (Reuters) – A French teaching assistant who was arrested in Tehran on spying charges after Iran's disputed election appeared before a judge on Tuesday, the French Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Clotilde Reiss, who is out of jail on bail and staying at the French embassy, is accused of taking part in a Western plot to destabilise the Iranian government after the June 12 vote in which hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected.

"Clotilde Reiss appeared this morning before the judge for a hearing … The judge had a discussion with our compatriot and did not rule out summoning her for a new hearing," Bernard Valero told reporters at a regular news briefing.

"We wish for Clotilde Reiss's innocence to be recognised and for her to return to France," he said, adding that the young woman was now back at the French embassy.

She was accompanied during her hearing by a lawyer, the French ambassador and the first secretary at the embassy.

Speaking before the briefing at the French Foreign Ministry, Tehran's chief prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi was quoted as saying by the semi-official Fars News Agency that Reiss's trial was scheduled to resume on Tuesday.

Reiss was arrested on July 1 and her trial started in August, when she was put in the dock alongside other accused and shown on Iranian television.

Official media quoted her as admitting to "mistakes" and asking for clemency, but French authorities have rejected the charges against her as baseless.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner last week demanded a formal guarantee from Tehran that Reiss would not be jailed again while awaiting a verdict. Iran rejected the demand.

Reiss, 24, was arrested as she prepared to go home after five months spent working at the University of Isfahan.

The turmoil after Iran's presidential election was the worst in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution. Iranian authorities deny vote-rigging and portrayed the unrest as a foreign-backed bid to undermine the Islamic state.

(Reporting by Estelle Shirbon in Paris and Fredrik Dahl in Tehran, editing by Samia Nakhoul)

Latest news

What Gas Poisonings In Iran Tell Us About The Ruling Regime

For months schools in Iran have been in the crosshairs of gas attacks against the country’s children. The mullahs’...

Iran’s Regime Inches Toward Nuclear Weapons

Iran’s regime is once again at the center of a dangerous escalation of the proliferation of nuclear weapons. A...

US Congress Expresses Support for Iranian People’s Quest for a Democratic, Secular Republic

Several bipartisan members of the U.S. House of Representatives have presented a resolution (H. RES. 100) supporting the Iranian...

Wave Of Poisoning Attacks Against Schools Leave Hundreds Sick

Iran has been shaken for three months by serial poisoning attacks against all-girls schools, which has left more than...

Iranian Security Forces Beat Baluch Doctor To Death

On Thursday, February 23, activists in Sistan and Baluchestan provinces reported the news of the death of Dr. Ebrahim...

World Powers Should Hear The Voice Of Iranians, Not Dictators And Their Remnants

Iran’s nationwide uprising continues despite its ups and down. The clerical system’s demise no longer seems a dream but...

Must read

Total sanctions might stop Iran

Wall Street Journal: The regime is hurting. Fully cutting...

Iran’s Interior Minister blames bombings on foreigners

Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Feb. 28 – Iran’s Interior...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you