Iran Has Not Yet Presented Evidence Against French Detainees, According To Lawyer

Tehran, Oct. 28 (EFE). – The lawyer of the two investigators detained in Iran, one French and one Iranian, informed today that so far the Iranian authorities have not presented evidence on the accusations.

Said Dehqan, lawyer for Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal, explained to the Iranian agency ISNA that the detention of his clients may have been due to 'some misunderstanding' since no evidence was filed with the accusation, as stipulated by law.

"There is no evidence to date of the accusations" so "we continue to negotiate with the authorities of the Judiciary and hope that this misunderstanding will be resolved," Dehqan added.


The lawyer also explained that Marchal is under the accusation of 'consensus and collusion against national security', while Adelkhah faces charges 'of espionage'.

Adelkhah was arrested about 5 months ago and Marchal, whose temporary detention has been renewed several times, when he traveled later to visit her.

Adelkhah, born in Tehran 60 years ago, has a PhD in Anthropology and is a research director at the French University of Sciences Po, one of the most prestigious in the world in social and political sciences.

Roland Marchal, a graduate in Mathematics and Social Sciences, specializes in conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa.

The French authorities have called on Iran to act to put an end to that 'unacceptable situation' as soon as possible.

Dozens of Iranian citizens with dual citizenship, especially American and British, are serving sentences in Iran's prisons accused of espionage. EFE