Fariba Adelkhah is research director at the Paris Institute of Political Studies and has published studies on Iranian and Afghan societies and religion. (Supplied)

January 7, 2020

Iran has dropped espionage charges that had been laid against a French academic detained in the Islamic republic since June last year, her lawyer said on Tuesday.

“The espionage charge has been dropped” for Sciences Po University academic Fariba Adelkhah, lawyer Said Dehghan told AFP. She still faces three other charges.

A research director at the prestigious university in Paris, specialising in the study of Shiite Islam, Ms Adelkhah’s arrest for suspected “espionage” was confirmed on July 16 by Iran’s judicial spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili.

Her colleague Roland Marchal was arrested while visiting Ms Adelkhah, according to his lawyer.

The university and supporters said last month that Ms Adelkhah and another detained academic, Australian Kylie Moore-Gilbert, had started an indefinite hunger strike just before Christmas.

AFP

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