French academic Fariba Adelkhah temporarily released in Iran
Franco-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah has been temporarily released from prison and is currently in Tehran with an electronic bracelet, her lawyer told journalists on Saturday.
Adelkhah "was released with an electronic bracelet. She is now with her family in Tehran," attorney Saeed Dehghan said, adding that "we hope that this temporary release will become final."
Iran’s judiciary upheld in June her five-year jail sentence, handed down the previous months for “security charges including conspiring against national security”.
Iran's female political prisoners
Iran is holding numerous women in jail on political charges. They include human rights activists, journalists, artists and simply engaged citizens. By Shabnam von Hein
Bahareh Hedayat: A women's rights activist and prominent figure in the student movement in Iran. In 2010, shortly before her wedding, she was arrested and ultimately sentenced to 10 years in prison. She was head of an organisation fighting for political reforms and against human rights violations
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: An employee of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, she has been in jail since April, 2016. She has both British and Iranian citizenship, and wanted to visit family in Iran with her two-year-old daughter. She is accused of participating in efforts "to cause the soft toppling of the Islamic Republic." Her foundation, which educates journalists worldwide, has called the allegations groundless
Zahra Rahnavard: Wife of opposition politician Mir Hossein Mousavi, she is perhaps the most well-known of Iran's female political prisoners. After the disputed presidential elections in 2009, she backed her husband. The sculptor and academic has been under house arrest with her husband since February 2011 without charges
Narges Mohammadi: A human rights activist, she was sentenced to 16 years in prison in May 2016, although her work is seen as peaceful. At the end of June, she began a hunger strike after authorities restricted telephone contact with her young son and daughter. After 20 days on hunger strike, she was granted permission to speak once a week with her children
Homa Hoodfar: The Canadan-Irish-Iranian anthropologist has been jailed at Tehran's Evin Prison since 6 June 2016. The renowned academic was arrested during a private visit to Iran. She had planned to research women in Iranian politics. She was accused of creating security problems in the Islamic Republic by taking part in feminist activities
Reyhaneh Tabatabaei: The political journalist has been arrested many times, most recently in January 2016. Reyhaneh Tabatabaei was accused of "propaganda against the state." She supported reform activists. Tabatabaei was sentenced to a year in prison and was handed a two-year employment ban. The Revolutionary Court also prohibited her from participating in any political activities for two years
Fariba Kamalabadi: After eight years behind bars, Fariba Kamalabadi (third from right) was granted temporary release in May. Until 2008, she was one of Iran's leading Baha'i figures. She was sentenced to 20 years for her religious beliefs. While on release she visited Faezeh Hashemi, daughter of former president Ali Akbar Rafsanjani. Several grand ayatollahs denounced the visit as a "betrayal of Islam"
A research director at Sciences Po university in Paris, Adelkhah was arrested in 2019 and has been in custody ever since. She is a dual French-Iranian citizen, a status Iran does not recognise.
Her French colleague and partner Roland Marchal, who was detained around the same time while visiting her in Tehran, was freed in March in an apparent prisoner swap. Marchal was freed after France released Iranian engineer Jallal Rohollahnejad, who faced extradition to the United States over accusations he violated US sanctions against Iran.
Adelkhah and Marchal’s cases have been a thorn in relations between Tehran and Paris for months. (FRANCE 24/ AFP)