Iran sentences French academic to five years

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran sentenced a French-Iranian academic to five years in prison on national security charges yesterday, her lawyer told AFP.

Fariba Adelkhah was “sentenced to five years for gathering and conspiring against national security, and one year for propaganda against the Islamic republic,” Said Dehghan said.

He said his client would only be expected to serve the longer, five-year jail term and added that she intended to appeal.

Research Director at Sciences Po university in Paris Adelkhah was arrested in June last year.

She is a citizen of Iran and France, but Tehran does not recognise dual nationality.