Published: Tue, December 31, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Australian citizen held in Iran for security charges: spokesman

Australian citizen held in Iran for security charges: spokesman

An Australian academic jailed in Iran for espionage must serve out her sentence, the foreign ministry in Tehran said yesterday, stressing it will not submit to "propaganda".

Adelkhah has been held along with her French colleague Roland Marchal since June.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is to go on starvation strike in her jail cell to point out solidarity with one other twin citizen detained in Iran, because the regime urged Western global locations to remain out of its authorized affairs.

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran has denounced the French Foreign Ministry's meddlesome comments about two Iranian and French nationals who have been arrested in Iran.

Mousavi insisted that Adelkhah was an Iranian national who has been arrested over "acts of espionage".

The pair's detention comes as French President Emmanuel Macron seeks to play a leading role in defusing ongoing tensions between Iran and the United States.

In October, France's Foreign Ministry demanded Iran release Adelkhah. According to his lawyer, it happened when he visited Adelkhah.

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In response, Mousavi said Marshal was detained for "conspiring against national security", that he has had "consular access multiple times" and that his lawyer was in touch with the judiciary.

But this was opposed by the prosecution, and as a result the case was referred to Iran's Revolutionary Court to settle the dispute, Iran's semi-official news agency ISNA reported.

The French statement said the ministry had made clear to the ambassador "our grave concern over the situation of Mrs Fariba Adelkhah, who has stopped taking food".

The open letter was published by supporters and said: 'We will strike on behalf of all academics and researchers across Iran and the Middle East, who like us have been unjustly imprisoned on trumped up charges and simply doing their job as researchers.

She was sentenced in the United States for violating sanctions against Iran but was released in September and returned home.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is to go on hunger strike in solidarity with another dual national being held in Iran.

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