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Iran: Frenchman Benjamin Brière sentenced to 8 years in prison for espionage

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Detained since May 2020, Frenchman Benjamin Brière was accused of “espionage” by the Iranian authorities. He was arrested in May 2020 while crossing Iran as a tourist, for having taken “photographs of prohibited areas” with a recreational drone in a natural park, according to his lawyer.

Frenchman Benjamin Brière, detained for more than a year and a half in Iran, was sentenced to eight years in prison for “espionage” by an Iranian revolutionary court, his lawyer announced on Tuesday, denouncing “a charade of trial”. Mr. Brière, 36, was also sentenced to an additional eight months in prison for “propaganda” against the Iranian regime, said his lawyer, Me Philippe Valent, in a statement sent to AFP.

Paris on Tuesday deemed “unacceptable” the sentencing of Frenchman Benjamin Brière to eight years and eight months in prison in Iran for “espionage” and “propaganda” against the regime. “This condemnation, which nothing can support, is unacceptable”, declared the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, specifying that Benjamin Brière had decided to appeal this decision.

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