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Clotilde Reiss's lawyer 'very confident' of acquittal

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Latest update : 2010-01-18

Clotilde Reiss’s lawyer is “very confident” the French academic will be acquitted of charges of acting against Iranian national security. Under Iranian law, the court has a week to issue its verdict.

AFP - The lawyer of French academic Clotilde Reiss told AFP on Saturday that he was "very confident" his client would be acquitted of charges of acting against Iranian national security during anti-government protests in June.

"She and I made our last defence submissions," lawyer Mohammad Ali Mahdavi Sabet said after Reiss appeared in court for the third and final hearing in the longrunning case.

"In my closing statement for the defence, I rejected all the accusations against her and said that she has not committed any crime," he added.

"I asked for her acquittal and I am very confident and optimistic about her acquittal.

"This was her last court session. After that Ms Reiss left for the (French) embassy," where she has been staying since being granted bail in August.

"They will tell me the verdict when it is ready. Under Iranian law, the court has a week to issue its verdict," Mahdavi Sabet said.

Reiss was arrested on July 1 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 taking photos and emailing material on the protests that erupted after the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June, and handing them to a diplomat at the French embassy in Tehran.

France has strongly protested Reiss's innocence on all charges.

Date created : 2010-01-16

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