Iran will try French citizen on spying charges

31st May, 2021

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The French Foreign Ministry said in March that Benjamin Brière, who is being held in the Vakilabad prison in the city of Mashhad in northeastern Iran


ran will put a French citizen that it detained last year on trial on charges including espionage, his lawyer said Sunday, a crime that can carry the death penalty. The French citizen, Benjamin Brière, who is in his mid-30s, was arrested in Iran in May 2020 on suspicion of flying a drone and taking photographs in a prohibited area. Saeid Dehghan, a human rights lawyer who represents him, said on Twitter Sunday that Iranian prosecutors had confirmed his client would be tried on two counts of espionage and “propaganda against the system.”

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