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Final verdict in Clotilde Reiss case expected Saturday

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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-01-12

An Iranian court will hand down a final verdict to French academic Clotilde Reiss Saturday, according to Theran's chief prosecutor. Reiss was arrested in July for taking part in opposition protests in Iran.

AFP - An Iranian court will deliver a final verdict on French academic Clotilde Reiss, charged in Iran with taking part in anti-regime protests, after a hearing on Saturday, Tehran's prosecutor said.

"Her trial session is due on Saturday and the court will make a final decision," Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi told the official IRNA news agency on Tuesday.

The hearing will be the third for the 24-year-old academic after she was arrested on July 1 and charged with acting against Iran's national security.

She was bailed out in August and is currently staying at the French embassy awaiting the outcome of her case.

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 opposition protests that erupted after the controversial re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June.

She 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 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.

Iran has arrested thousands of protesters and put about 140 people on trial on charges of inciting or participating in the protests.

Iranian leaders have repeatedly accused Western powers and most notably the United States and Britain of seeking to overthrow the Islamic regime by fomenting mass protests in the aftermath of the election.

Several prominent reformist politicians and journalists, backing the opposition, have been sentenced to years in prison over their alleged roles in the unrest.
 

Date created : 2010-01-12

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