Franco-Iranian researcher Fariba Adelkhah again imprisoned in Tehran

Tehran’s decision to reincarcerate the researcher will “reduce confidence” between Iran and France, the French government warned on Wednesday.

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She has been detained in Iran since June 2019. Franco-Iranian researcher Fariba Adelkhah, who had been placed under house arrest in 2020, was again imprisoned in Tehran, her support committee announced in Paris on Wednesday January 12. “We learn with amazement and indignation the reincarceration in Evin prison of Fariba Adelkhah”, announced this committee in a press release, denouncing the actions “cynical” Iranian power that would use the case of the researcher “for exterior or interior purposes which remain opaque”.

A decision that reacted on the French side. “The decision to return to prison, which we condemn, can only have negative consequences on the relationship between France and Iran and reduce confidence between our two countries”, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, demanding the “immediate release” of the researcher.

The researcher’s support committee also fears for her health. “As the Covid pandemic continues to be in full swing the Iranian government is deliberately endangering the health and even the life of Fariba Adelkhah – the death in custody of poet and director Baktash Abtin last Saturday having demonstrated his incapacity or his ill health. want to guarantee the safety of its detainees “, judge the committee.