DUBAI (1) – Iran has sentenced French-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah to six years in jail on nationwide safety prices, her lawyer instructed 1 on Saturday, drawing protests from the French authorities which demanded her rapid launch.

“The court docket has sentenced her to six years,” mentioned Saeid Dehghan.

“The department 15 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Courtroom has sentenced her to 5 years jail for gathering and conspiring in opposition to Iran’s nationwide safety. She was additionally sentenced to one 12 months jail time period for propaganda in opposition to the Islamic Republic.”

Dehghan mentioned he would attraction in opposition to the sentence.

France’s international ministry mentioned Adelkhah’s conviction was politically motivated.

“This sentencing shouldn’t be primarily based on any critical component or reality and is thus a political choice,” the ministry mentioned in an announcement. “We’re urging Iranian authorities to instantly launch Mrs Adelkhah.”

Iran has rejected France’s earlier calls to launch the 60-year-old anthropologist who has been detained since June 2019, saying the calls for have been an interference in Tehran’s inner affairs. Tehran doesn’t recognise twin nationality.

Spying prices in opposition to Adelkhah had been dropped, Dehghan mentioned in March, however she remained in jail on different security-related prices.

In March, Iran launched Adelkhah’s associate, French academic Roland Marchal, who was detained alongside together with her. Marchal was launched after France freed Iranian engineer Jalal Ruhollahnejad, detained over alleged violations of U.S. sanctions in opposition to Tehran.

A French court docket in Might 2019 authorized the extradition of Ruhollahnejad to the US to face prices of making an attempt to illegally import U.S. expertise for navy functions on behalf of an Iranian firm which U.S. officers mentioned was linked to Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards.

The highly effective Guards have arrested dozens of twin nationals in current years, totally on espionage prices.

Reporting by Dubai, extra reporting by Dominique Vidalon and John Irish in Paris; Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Enhancing by Frances Kerry and Ros Russell