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

June 30, 2020

Iran’s appeals court has confirmed a five-year prison sentence for Iranian-French academic Fariba Adelkhah on security charges, the Mizan news agency reported on Tuesday.

Adelkhah was sentenced in May to a total of six years in prison and her lawyer said she would appeal against the sentence.

Earlier this month, France demanded that Adelkhah be released immediately, saying her detention was harming trust between the two countries.

“The appeals court has upheld Adelkhah’s five-year jail sentence,” Mizan quoted Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili as saying.

“Of course she has another sentence which is one-and-half years but considering the time she has been in jail, she will only serve five years in total.”

Iran does not recognise dual nationality and has rejected France’s calls to release the 60-year-old anthropologist, detained since June 2019, saying the case is an Iranian domestic legal matter.

Reuters

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