Iran allows French academic to leave

12th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

TEHRAN, April 12, 2007 (AFP) - Iran has authorised a French academic to leave the country more than two months after his passport was confiscated, a French diplomat said on Thursday.

TEHRAN, April 12, 2007 (AFP) - Iran has authorised a French academic to leave the country more than two months after his passport was confiscated, a French diplomat said on Thursday.

Stephane Dudoignon, an expert on Islam and Central Asia, was briefly detained by police on January 30 and his passport seized during a trip to the volatile southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan.

"He has recovered his passport and his personal effects and has an exit visa," the diplomat said, adding that he was expected to fly out of Iran to France on Friday.

The 45-year-old researcher was detained after photographing a procession of Muslim Shiites celebrating the Shiite holy day of Ashura and the reaction of Sunni bystanders in the town of Konarak.


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