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World France demands immediate release of academic sentenced in Iran

15:52  16 may  2020
15:52  16 may  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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PARIS, May 16 (Reuters) - France on Saturday condemned the sentencing of French-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah in Iran and demanded her immediate release.

People gather with banners at Trocadero square in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, calling for the release of French scientists Fariba Adelkhah et Roland Marchal imprisoned in Iran. The two scientists were arrested in Iran in early June 2019. Eiffel Tower in the background. (AP Photo/Michel Euler) © AP Photo/Michel Euler People gather with banners at Trocadero square in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, calling for the release of French scientists Fariba Adelkhah et Roland Marchal imprisoned in Iran. The two scientists were arrested in Iran in early June 2019. Eiffel Tower in the background. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

"This sentencing is not based on any serious element or fact and is thus a political decision," the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "We are urging Iranian authorities to immediately release Mrs Adelkhah."

Iran has sentenced Adelkhah to six years in prison on national security charges, her lawyer said earlier on Saturday.

(Reporting by John Irish, Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Pravin Char)

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