US News The French Benjamin Brière held in Iran waiting for a trial for espionage

14:45  16 june  2021
14:45  16 june  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  Le Français Benjamin Brière détenu en Iran en attente d'un procès pour espionnage © supplied by the point

u n français detained in Iran for a year, Benjamin Brière, will be judged for "espionage", announced Sunday His lawyer, a few days after a public call from the prisoner's sister to President Emmanuel Macron to intervene for his release.

At the end of the instruction, the parquet confirmed the prosecution for "espionage" and "propaganda against the political system of the Islamic Republic of Iran, indicated to AFP Mr. Said Dehghan, lawyer of this thirty Inmate in Machhad (Northeast).

Espionage, in the most serious cases, is punishable by death in Iran, and propaganda against the system of three months to one year in prison.

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According to his lawyer, Mr. Brierer is accused of spying for "photographs of prohibited zones" taken with a leisure drone in a natural park in Iran. According to his sister, Blandine Brière, he was arrested while he crossed Iran in tourist, on the occasion of a long trip to a landscaped van started in 2018.

Propaganda charges would be related to messages That French would have published on social networks and asking why the Islamic veil is "mandatory" for women in Iran while it is "optional" in other Muslim countries.

"The Prosecutor prepares the indictment and sends it to the revolutionary court for the continuation of the judicial process," said Sunday Mr. Dehghan.

According to him, the French arrested in May 2020 was the subject of two other accusations not revealed until then: "Corruption on Earth", one of the most serious counts of the Iranian Penal Code, punishable by sentence Death, and alcohol consumption, punishable by flagellation.

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but these two charges were not retained at the end of the instruction.

"Conflicts between countries"

The announcement of the trial of Mr. Briere, born in 1985, occurs a few days after the publication by the French weekly point of an open letter from Blandine Brière calling the French president to act For the liberation of his brother, imprisoned according to her "without foundation".

for Blandine Brière, who describes his brother as "a tourist at the thirst for discovery and adventure", he "is obvious that Iranian judicial proceedings are not the reasons for this endless waiting."

"The stakes are elsewhere, my brother finds himself being an instrument of negotiations that exceed him. A young Frenchman is found at the center of conflict between countries, which escapes obviously," she wrote to Mr. Macron To "implore it" to remedy this situation.

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Iran retains more than a dozen Western passport holders, for most binationals, which NGOs condemn as a hostage-taking policy to obtain concessions from foreign powers. Their supporters say innocent and victims of a political game that does not concern them.

Iran is subject to significant international sanctions, particularly American.

In 2018, former US President Donald Trump unilaterally released the United States of the International Agreement on Iranian nuclear power concluded three years earlier between Iran and the international community.

Negotiations have been held since April in Vienna to try to revive the agreement. The goal is to reintegrate the United States and bring Iran back to its commitments in exchange for a lifting of US sanctions.

On the occasion of these negotiations, the Iranian party reported that it was still open to inmate exchanges.

30/05/2021 09:45:25 - Tehran (AFP) - © 2021 AFP

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