Iran accuses two French trade unionists of "undermining state security"

The Iranian flag waving in front of a view of the capital Tehran, March 31, 2020. © Vahid Salemi/AP

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The Iranian justice spokesperson affirmed that the two trade unionists arrested on May 11 are accused of attempting to undermine national security, while France has formally advised its nationals not to travel to Iran " 

regardless of be the motive

”.

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With our correspondent in Tehran,

Siavosh Ghazi

The spokesperson for Iranian justice affirmed that the two trade unionists arrested on May 11 are accused of attempting to undermine national security, while France has formally advised its nationals not to travel to Iran " 

regardless of be the motive

”.

According to the spokesman for Justice, Massoud Setayechi, this accusation was served on Cécile Kohler, an official of a major French teachers' union and her husband, Jacques Paris,

detained for two months

.

Recently, the sentence of eight years and eight months in prison for Benjamin Brière, arrested in May 2020, was confirmed while the

Franco-Iranian researcher Fariba Adelkhah

, sentenced to five years in prison, has been detained for three years.

At the same time, Belgium announced the arrest four months ago of a Belgian national.

Towards an exchange of prisoners?

These cases come as Iran demanded the release of its

diplomat Assadollah Assadi

, sentenced a year ago to twenty years in prison by Belgian justice for having organized an attack against a gathering of the People's Mujahideen in the Paris region.

Tehran is also calling for the release of Hamid Nouri, tried in Sweden for his role in the 1987 executions.

A law presented by the Belgian government could allow the return of Assadollah Assadi to Iran.

We could then witness an exchange between Iranians detained in Europe and nationals of European countries arrested in Iran, as has been the case in the past.

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