The scholar Fariba Adelkhah, an anthropologist, researcher and professor at Science Po in Paris holding a French passport, has been arrested shortly afterward the mission of Macron’s envoy to Tehran.
Ms Adelkhah, who is 60, is a director of research at Sciences Po’s Centre for International Studies (CERI). Her research focuses on social and political change in Iran during the second half of the 20th Century. She has written a number of books on Islam and Iran.
The French foreign ministry called on the Iranian authorities to “shed full light” on Fariba Adelkhah’s situation and allow diplomats to visit her. Iran has detained Franco-Iranian dual national Fariba Adelkhah and France has yet to be given “satisfactory information” on her status, France’s foreign ministry said on Monday.
On Sunday an Iranian government spokesman told local reporters that he had “no information” about her case. “I heard the news, [but] do not know who arrested her and on what grounds,” Ali Rabiei was quoted as saying by the Tasnim news agency.
“The French authorities in this difficult context have taken steps with Iranian authorities to get information from them on her situation and the conditions of her arrest and asked for consular access,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said in a statement. “No satisfactory response has been given to these requests. France calls on the Iranian authorities to bring to light Mrs Adelkhah’s situation and reiterates its requests, in particular the authorization of consular access without delay,” she added.
Iran has detained a number of dual citizens and foreign nationals in recent years in Iran, many of them on espionage charges. They include Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian a project manager for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and Xiyue Wang, a Chinese-American researcher at Princeton University.
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