May 27, 2020 16:12 UTC
  • Iran rejects France’s threats, says will brook no meddling in its judicial affairs

Foreign Ministry rejects France’s “meddlesome” remarks regarding the case of an Iranian national, saying Tehran will brook no interference in its judicial affairs.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will not tolerate at all any discrediting of its governing rules, including independence of its judiciary,” the ministry spokesman, Abbas Mousavi, said on Wednesday, Press TV reported.

Mousavi said that under Iran’s Constitution, the Judiciary is a totally independent body, warning that a one-sided interpretation of independent judicial rulings would not serve the relations between Iran and France.

Fariba Adelkhah, a 60-year-old anthropologist and researcher at Sciences Po's Center for International Studies (CERI) in Paris, was arrested in Iran in June 2019 on espionage charges.

Mousavi said the investigation of the "crimes of Iranian citizens" is solely within the jurisdiction of the "Iranian courts," and added that the case in question has been heard in court, and stressed that Adelkhah has enjoyed her citizenship rights.

“The verdict has been issued by a lower court and Ms. Adelkhah can appeal it through legal channels,” he added.

In October last year, Mousavi said that Iran’s national law does not recognize the dual citizenship of Iranian citizens, and thus Adelkhah is regarded as an Iranian national.

He had also mentioned that as an Iranian national, she enjoys full citizenship rights, adding that the Iranian Judiciary is carefully pursuing her case within the framework of the country’s fair trial law.