Iran has yet to present some proof contrary to a French-Iranian academic along with her colleague held on safety fees, their attorney said on Monday, in a situation which could complicate French attempts to defuse tension between Washington and Tehran.
France has demanded that Iran launch Roland Marchal, a senior researcher in Science-Po university, along with his colleague, Franco-Iranian double national Fariba Adelkhah.
“My customers’ situation… has not yet been delivered to court ” lawyer Saeed Dehghan was quoted as saying from the semi-official news agency ISNA.
“We’re still negotiating with the judiciary and expect that this mistake is going to be solved, since there isn’t any evidence so far for those allegations,” Dehghan stated, including that Adelkhah confronted spying fees while her colleague has been accused of”collusion against national security”.
Dehghan stated that he and a colleague had seen the two professors in prison ISNA reported.
Adelkhah and Marchal were detained at a period when France and other European powers were engaged in an international standoff over Tehran’s 2015 atomic bargain, and also the United States left last year.
It hastens the threat posed by”the arbitrary arrest and detention practices of the Iranian intelligence and security agencies, particularly concerning the connections of foreign nationals with all the people, especially for people in universities”.
Rights activists have accused Iran of devoting several dual nationals to attempt and win concessions from different nations — a charge the Islamic republic has often disregarded.
Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have detained dozens of double nationals over the last few decades, largely on espionage charges.