Minister reiterates France’s call for release of researcher held in Iran

Excerpt from the press briefing by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson – Reminder of the statement by M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs (5 June 2020)

Paris, 5 June 2020

On 5 June 2019, Mme Fariba Adelkhah, a researcher at Sciences Po’s Centre for International Studies (CERI), was incarcerated in Evin prison, Iran.

Over the past year France has continuously mobilized to obtain the release of our compatriot and support her family and close friends. I condemned Iran’s recent decision to impose a six-year prison sentence, which was delivered without any reliable evidence and is political in nature.

The continuation of this situation can have only a negative impact on the bilateral relationship between France and Iran, and substantially reduces the trust between our two countries.

Today I formally reiterate France’s demand for Iran to release Mme Adelkhah immediately./.

Published on 05/06/2020

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