Friday, October 15, 2021

Lawyer: Iran charges detained French tourist with spying

Iran has charged a French tourist with spying and “spreading propaganda against the system,” his lawyer said Monday, the latest in a series of cases against foreigners at a time of heightened tensions between Iran and the West.

Benjamin Berier was arrested some 10 months ago after taking pictures in a desert area where photography is prohibited and asking questions on social media about Iran’s obligatory Islamic headscarf for women, said his lawyer Saeed Dehghan.

Dehghan told The Associated Press the charges came in a Sunday hearing in the justice department in the northeastern city of Mashahd. He said Berier was in good health.

However, “he is angry because of the charges” and length of detention, Dehghan said. He said the city’s senior prosecutor was expected to decide in the coming days whether to send the case before a judge.

“If the prosecutor endorses the charge, his case will go to a judge to decide,” said Dehghan.

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Iran has charged a French tourist with spying and “spreading propaganda against the system,” his lawyer said Monday, the latest in a series of cases against foreigners at a time of heightened tensions between Iran and the West. Benjamin Berier was arrested some 10 months ago after taking pictures in a desert area where photography is prohibited and asking questions on social media about Iran’s obligatory Islamic headscarf for women, said his lawyer Saeed Dehghan. Dehghan told The Associated Press the charges came in a Sunday hearing in the justice department in the northeastern city of Mashahd. He said Berier was in good health. However, “he is angry because of the charges” and length of detention, Dehghan said. He said the city’s senior prosecutor was expected to decide in the coming days whether to send the case before a judge. “If the prosecutor endorses the charge, his case will go to a judge to decide,” said Dehghan.

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