France claims Iran detains an academic

Iranian authorities detained a French academic and have barred him from leaving the country since January, the French Foreign Ministry said.

France claims Iran detains an academic

Iranian authorities detained a French academic and havebarred him from leaving the country since January, the French Foreign Ministrysaid Wednesday.

Stephane Dudoignon was arrested in the sensitive region of Sistan-Baluchestan,in southeastern Iran,on Jan. 30 after photographing a religious procession there, Foreign Ministryspokesman Denis Simonneau said.

Iranian authorities immediately released Dudoignon but confiscated hispersonal items, including his passport, Simonneau said. Dudoignon — a historianspecializing in Islam — has not been charged with any crime, Simonneau said.

Dudoignon, who is married to an Iranian woman, is living with his wife'sfamily in Tehran,the French Le Monde daily reported Wednesday. He is not authorized to leave thecity, Le Monde said.

The French Embassy in Tehranis in contact with Iranian authorities about the case, Simonneau said.Dudoignon's case was also discussed during a meeting last week between theIranian ambassador and French Foreign Ministry officials.

"We call on Iranian authorities to quickly find a solution to allow Mr.Dudoignon to leave Iranian territory," Simonneau said in an onlinebriefing on Wednesday.

In November 2005, Iranian officials arrested another Frenchman and a German,reportedly for taking photos of ships in the Persian Gulf.Stephane Lherbier and Donald Klein were convicted in January 2006 and sentencedto 18 months in prison. Lherbier, the Frenchman, was released in February, andKlein was freed last month.

The announcement of Dudoignon's arrest comes amid mounting tensions over Iran's seizure of 15 British sailors and marineslast month in disputed waters in the Persian Gulf.

 

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