French writer Roland Marchal was released from prison in Tehran as a member of a clear prisoner swap and flying house Saturday,” French President Emmanuel Macron explained.
Macron stated in a statement that he was”happy” by the launch of Roland Marchal, held by Iran for at least nine months on charges of violating state safety legislation.
France can also be pushing for the launch of another French national arrested in Iran, Marchal’s founder and writer Fariba Adelkhah.
Marchal was initially arrested in June and charged with”spreading propaganda” after he traveled to Iran to stop by Adelkhah, who’s Franco-Iranian and frequently traveled to Iran for study on post-revolutionary European society.
Adelkhah was detained on espionage charges, although those charges were later dropped, security-related charges remain against her.
Both were researchers in the Middle for International Research (CERI) in Sciences Po Paris and detained in June 2019 in Tehran’s airport.
Marchal was turned into the French Embassy in Tehran, Iranian state TV said late Friday, hours after French police introduced Jalal Ruhollahnejad, an undercover held in France.
French authorities didn’t comment on the event of Ruhollahnejad.
In Paris, their service committee has ever maintained their innocence and demanded their immediate release, fearing for their own lives.
“We welcome relief that the coming of Roland Marchal at Paris after nearly nine months of arbitrary detention in very harsh circumstances” Professor Jean-François Bayart, a part of Marchal and Adelkah’s committee, told AFP. “But we are just halfway there,” he added.
Their worries had improved because of the accelerated spread of COVID-19 in Iran, among the most affected nations in the world having a death toll of 1,556 on Saturday.
The outbreak is especially feared in the prison environment.
Recently, Iran has traded offenders with countries holding Iranian nationals who were sentenced, awaiting trial, or are threatened with extradition to the USA.
Tehran also introduced several iconic offenders in the event of Nowruz (Persian New Year) while Iran remains weakened from the pandemic.
One of these is Iranian-British Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a worker of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, who acquired temporary permission to leave prison on Tuesday.