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Clotilde Reiss trial to resume on Jan. 16

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Latest update : 2010-01-11

French academic Clotilde Reiss will be back in court on Jan. 16 for the third court session of her trial. She faces allegations of taking part in protests after the Iranian presidential election in June.

AFP - The trial of French academic Clotilde Reiss who was detained in post-election unrest in Iran is to resume on Saturday, her lawyer told ISNA news agency on Monday.

"The third court session has been set for January 16 in Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court," Mohammad Ali Mahdavi Sabet said.

Iranian authorities have put Reiss, 24, on trial for allegedly taking part in protests which erupted in the wake of Iran's disputed presidential election in June.

The young woman, who was arrested on July 1 and released on bail in August, is staying at the French embassy awaiting the outcome of her case.

Mahdavi Sabet did not specify if a verdict could be expected on Saturday but had said after a December 23 court session that "the final part of pleadings concerning the accusations ... will be made at the next hearing."

Reiss was arrested shortly before she was due to fly home after a six-month study and teaching visit to the Iranian city of Isfahan.

She was accused of supporting the opposition protests and was one of scores of people paraded before cameras at a televised trial, before being remanded in custody in Tehran's notorious Evin jail.

Iran's opposition, which charges the election was massively rigged to keep hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in power, has dismissed the court proceedings as "show trials."

France has furiously protested Reiss's innocence on all charges and accused Tehran of trying to blackmail Paris into releasing an Iranian agent jailed in France for the 1991 murder of an exiled former prime minister.

Ahmadinejad suggested in December that Iran might pardon Reiss if Ali Valiki Rad, who is serving a life sentence, is freed. But his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy has rejected the idea.
 

Date created : 2010-01-11

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