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French scientist released in Iran | TIME ONLINE


After nine and a half months in prison
the Iran the French scientist Roland Marchal released.
French President Emmanuel Macron was "happy" to be released
the office of the sociologist announced. He demand that
Iranian authorities also released the French-Iranian anthropologist Fariba Adelkhah from custody.

Marchal came after Iranian
Information in the course of a kind of prisoner exchange between Paris and Tehran free.
Iran had declared on Friday that it had an agreement with it
France to have met. France therefore left the Iranian engineer
Jalal Rohollahnedjad released, who could have been extradited to the United States.

Marchal's return to France
was expected this Saturday. The 64-year-old and the four-year-old Adelkhah
were from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards at the airport in June 2019
Tehran has been arrested. Both became "conspiracies against the
national security "- an allegation made in Iran five
Years in prison can be punished

Adelkhah will go beyond that
"Propaganda against the system" accused. The first against them
Allegations of espionage on which the death penalty stands were raised in January
dropped. The scientist is on a 49-day hunger strike
very weakened.

Attacks on researchers worldwide

According to a report by the international network Scholars at Risk, which was published at the end of 2019, these are just two cases. According to this, there were a total of 324 attacks on researchers worldwide in 2018. These include killings and physical violence, arrests and politically motivated dismissals, but also kidnappings. The network has been monitoring and documenting specific attacks on the
academic freedom and its systematic limitation.

Iran let on the occasion of the
Persian New Year on Friday released numerous prisoners early, too
against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.
As a sign of solidarity, France, Great Britain and
Germany early March protective clothing in Iran.


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