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Iran temporarily releases French-Iranian academic from jail, lawyer says

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards have arrested dozens of dual nationals in recent years, mostly on espionage charges.

In March, Iran granted temporary release to British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe along with thousands of other prisoners following concerns over the spread of the coronavrirus in prisons.

In March, Iran and France carried out a prisoner swap, exchanging academic Roland Marchal for engineer Jalal Ruhollahnejad.

However, since then there had been little sign that Adelkhah would be released and she was sentenced in May to six years in prison on security-related charges.

Relations between France and Iran have improved over the last year but remain tense due to Iran’s nuclear activities, its ballistic missile programme and regional activities.

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