Iran to France: Cease 'political pressure' over lecturer

Iran told France to cease "political pressure" in the case of a French teaching assistant who was arrested on spying charges.

Iran to France: Cease 'political pressure' over lecturer

Iran told France on Wednesday to cease "political pressure" in the case of a French teaching assistant who was arrested on spying charges following the Islamic state's disputed June presidential vote.

"The charges against Reiss are documented and therefore there can be no acquittal on grounds of political pressure," Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mihmanparast said, according to a report carried by student news agency ISNA.

Clotilde Reiss, who is out of jail on bail, has been accused of taking part in a Western plot to destabilise the Iranian government after the June 12 election in which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected.

Reiss, arrested on July 1, has been staying in the French embassy in Tehran since her trial on Aug. 16.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner on Tuesday demanded that Iran provide formal guarantees over not jailing Reiss again while she awaits a verdict, France Inter radio reported.

Iran's Foreign Ministry rejected the demand.

"Nobody is allowed to tell the judge of Reiss's case what to do," Mihmanparast said.

Tehran's chief prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said on Monday that Reiss's trial would resume but did not give a date, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Reuters

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