French-Iranian anthropologist Fariba Adelkhah was arrested in Iran since June 2019, sentenced on Saturday, May 16 to five years in prison for “conspiring to attack national security”, according to his lawyer Saïd Dehghan.
On Friday, May 16, Franco-Iranian anthropologist Fariba Adelkhah was sentenced to five years in prison by an Iranian court for “conspiring to attack national security,” his lawyer Said Dehghan told AFP.
According to the latter, the researcher was also sentenced to one year for “propaganda against the system [politique de la République islamique]”, but she may only refer to the longest sentence. This conviction can still be appealed.
According to his lawyer, the accusation of “propaganda against the political system” refers to the researcher’s opinion on wear and tear in Iran, but for him these are comments from an academic, above all, more than a valuation assessment.
“Fariba Adelkhah will appeal his conviction”
Very transparent legal system
Former Iranian correspondent Mariam Pizadeh explained, on Saturday, July 24, that Fariba Adelkhah’s lawyer could appeal, “but the Iranian justice system is very opaque, it can take a lot of time,” the journalist specifies, adding that the verdict that fell on Saturday had already expected for more than two weeks. “So she remains in jail,” said the Iranian specialist. “An attempted prison with a hunger strike that lasted for a month and a half and physically weakened her.”
Fariba Adelkhah’s trial began on March 3 before the 15th Chamber of the Tehran Revolutionary Court. After the second hearing on April 19, his lawyer said he hoped for a release. The researcher, who has always asserted his innocence, had really been weakened by a 49-day hunger strike between late December and February, according to Me Dehghan.
France calls for immediate release
President Emmanuel Macron has already called on several occasions for the “French-Iranian anthropologist” to be immediately released. Research director at the Paris Po International Research Center Paris, Fariba Adelkhah, who is 61 years old, was arrested in June 2019 by Guardians of the Islamic Revolution on suspicion of spying, punishable by death penalty in Iran
In January, the Iranian judiciary dropped the charges of espionage against the anthropologist – of which Tehran does not recognize dual nationality – who, however, remained charged with propaganda against the system and cooperation with national security. His partner Roland Marchal, released on March 20, had been detained for nine months in Iran.
On Saturday, France, through its Foreign Minister, condemned the “political” condemnation of Fariba Adelkhah and demanded that he be released immediately.
“This belief is not based on any serious element or established fact and is therefore of a political nature,” Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a press release. “I condemn with utmost tenacity[ce verdict]”, he added, urging” the Iranian authorities to immediately release Adelkhah “and demanded” consular access “.
Fariba Adelkhah was sentenced to 5 years in prison in Iran: details from Mariam Pirzadeh
The FaribaAdelkhah Support Committee, in Paris, on Saturday condemned a judicial proceeding similar to Kafka’s “trial”.
He also demanded “shut down all institutional scientific cooperation with Iran.” of expression and thinking? “
“France has few opportunities to interfere with this judgment”
Fariba Adelhah’s arrest “came during a period of tension between revolutionary guards and the Rohani government”, analyzes Mariam Pirzadeh in France 24. Internal tensions in combination with external tensions. “while the Iranian economy is being stifled by US sanctions, and Europe cannot cover these sanctions”.
The journalist also explains that the Islamic Republic may need parts of pressure on Europe, a strategy it has been pursuing since the 1980s. Since the authorities do not recognize the French nationality of Fariba Adelkhah, “France has been given the opportunity to interfere in this judgment,” says Mariam Pirzadeh.
The Franco-Iranian anthropologist would also have rejected the proposals from his prisons to get his contest. A freedom ceased provided it ceases its research on Shiism in Iran and at the expense of an expulsion to France without a possible return to Iran.