Jailed French, German nationals risk new charges

11th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

TEHRAN, July 11, 2006 (AFP) - A Frenchman and a German in jail for illegally entering Iranian waters risk new charges and are unlikely to be released soon, Iran's justice minister said Tuesday.

TEHRAN, July 11, 2006 (AFP) - A Frenchman and a German in jail for illegally entering Iranian waters risk new charges and are unlikely to be released soon, Iran's justice minister said Tuesday.

"Some other issues have been brought up about the equipment they had with them (at the time of their arrest), and because of this another case has been opened and is being followed up," Jamal Karimi-Rad told reporters.

"They are not supposed to be released so soon," he added.

Frenchman Stéphane L'Herbier, 32, and German national Donald Klein, 52, were sentenced to 18 months in jail in January by a court in Bandar Abbas in southern Iran where they were initially imprisoned.

Their sentence was upheld by an appeals court in mid-March and they were transferred to Tehran's Evin prison.

The two were arrested at the end of November near the island of Abu Mussa, which is Iranian territory but is claimed by the United Arab Emirates. The two men claimed they had mistakenly used Emirati maps that did not show the current maritime boundaries.

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