French envoys asks to see lecturer held in Iran

14th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

The French ambassador to Tehran has asked to see the French woman lecturer being held at Evin prison on spying charges.

Tehran – The French ambassador to Tehran has asked to see the French woman lecturer being held in the notorious Evin prison on spying charges, a diplomatic source told AFP on Monday.

French envoy Bernard Poletti visited Clotilde Reiss last week at the prison, her first meeting with him since she was detained at Tehran airport on her way to Beirut.

"We have requested another meeting. They (Iranian authorities) have not refused, but have also not fixed a date yet for the meeting," the source said.

French officials say Reiss was detained for alleged espionage in the wake of massive opposition protests over President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election held in Iran's historic city of Isfahan.

Iranian officials accuse her of taking part in the protests and of sending an e-mail to a friend in Tehran that contained information on the rallies, French officials say.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and other top officials of his administration have dismissed the espionage charges and called for her immediate release.

Reiss, 23, was a lecturer at Isfahan's technical university.

Iran also continues to hold Hossein Rassam, an Iranian employee of the British embassy, on charges of stoking the unrest that followed the June 12 election of Ahmadinejad.

AFP / Expatica

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