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The Institut d'études politiques de Paris announced Wednesday that the French-Iranian researcher Fariba Adelkhah, detained since 2019 in Iran, is back in France. She was arrested in 2019 on charges of endangering national security, then released last February but prevented from leaving the country.

French-Iranian researcher Fariba Adelkhah, arrested in Iran in 2019 for endangering national security, then released last February but prevented from leaving the territory, is back in France, the Paris Institute of Political Studies announced Wednesday. "Since Tuesday, Fariba Adelkhah is finally back in France. She was greeted on arrival at the airport by Béatrice Hibou, president of her support committee, and Mathias Vicherat, director of Sciences Po," a statement from the school said.

"Now all that is behind me"

"After four and a half years of deprivation of liberty here I am back in France," the academic said in a statement from his support committee, thanking "from the bottom of my heart the French diplomacy" and all those who contributed to his release. "Now all that is behind me. What remains are all these gestures of friendship and commitment, these mobilizations of the known and the unknown (...). And obviously, what the support committee has been able to do beyond my case, and for more than 4 years, out of fidelity to the principle of scientific freedom."

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A specialist in Shi'ism and post-revolutionary Iran at Sciences Po, Adelkhah was arrested in 2019 and sentenced in 2020 to five years in prison for endangering national security, which her relatives have always fiercely denied. She was released in February but was not allowed to leave the country.

Four French nationals remain detained in Iran

Four French nationals remain detained in Iran: Cécile Kohler and Jacques Paris, arrested on May 7, 2022, "during a tourist stay" according to their relatives, Louis Arnaud, a 36-year-old traveler, as well as another Frenchman whose identity has never been made public. Dozens of Westerners are being held by the Islamic Republic, described by their supporters as innocent individuals being used as bargaining chips.

Iran, under international sanctions, and the major powers are trying to resurrect an international agreement reached in 2015 that guarantees the civilian nature of Tehran's nuclear program, accused, despite its denials, of seeking to acquire atomic weapons.