Iran grants 5-day furlough for French-Iranian citizen

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities granted a furlough for a French-Iranian tutorial who was sentenced to 5 years in jail for allegedly spreading propaganda, Iranian media reported Tuesday.

The semi-official ISNA news company quoted Fariba Adelkhah’s lawyer, Hojjat Kermani, as saying Adelkhah was on go away for 5 days however hoped that may be prolonged.

In January, Iranian justice officers ordered the re-imprisonment of Adelkhah, who was arrested in 2019. Adelkhah for a time had been allowed to serve a five-year jail sentence below home arrest.

She had been accused of “propaganda towards the Islamic Republic’s political system” and “collusion to undermine nationwide safety.”

One other French citizen, Benjamin Briere, was arrested in Might 2020 and Iran upheld the eight-year jail sentence of the French vacationer for taking photographs in a prohibited space and asking questions on Iran’s compulsory Islamic hijab for girls.

Tehran needs a significant prisoner swap as a part of ongoing negotiations over the reinstatement of Iran’s nuclear cope with world powers in Vienna. An analogous swap accompanied the 2015 deal.

Adelkhah is amongst Western prisoners in Iran who’re twin nationals. Iran doesn’t acknowledge the standing of twin nationals, recognizing them solely as Iranian residents. Western nations have urged Iran to launch twin nationals and others, alleging they’re used as bargaining chips in negotiations.

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