France demands immediate release of sentenced academic in Iran

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PARIS (Reuters) – France on Saturday condemned the conviction of Franco-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah in Iran and called for his immediate release.

“This conviction is not based on any serious element or fact and therefore constitutes a political decision,” the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “We urge the Iranian authorities to immediately release Ms. Adelkhah.”

Iran has sentenced Adelkhah to six years in prison on charges of national security, his lawyer said on Saturday.

Report by John Irish, Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Pravin Char

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