Iran confirms arrest of academic

It risks raising tension between Paris and Tehran
Iran confirmed on Tuesday the arrest of a French-Iranian academic without giving any details of her case, the latest in a long list of dual nationals held in the country’s prisons. The detention of Fariba Adelkhah, 60, risks increasing tension between Paris and Tehran at a critical moment in efforts to save a landmark 2015 nuclear deal. Ms. Adelkhah is a well-known expert on Iran and Shiite Islam at France’s Sciences Po university. “She is among suspects that have been recently arrested,” Iran’s judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said, without specifying the accusations against her. Sciences Po said the arrest of the researcher was “unacceptable and shocking”. French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday expressed concern for her welfare. He added that France had so far received no meaningful explanation from Iran. . Other Iranian dual nationals jailed in Iran include Iranian-American Siamak Namazi and his father Baquer, who are serving 10-year sentences for espionage.

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