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Iran frees French teacher on bail

Clotilde Reiss at a mass trial in Tehran on 8 Aug (Iranian Labour News Agency)
Ms Reiss is awaiting a verdict in her trial, which was held on 8 August

Iran has freed on bail a 24-year-old French university lecturer who was charged with spying after last month's presidential election.

A statement from the French presidency said Clotilde Reiss was in good health and would stay at the French embassy in Tehran awaiting a verdict in her trial.

President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said it had asked that all charges against her and an embassy employee be dropped.

Ms Reiss went before an Iranian tribunal in a mass trial on 8 August.

She was arrested in Tehran on 1 July, after taking part in post-election street protests.

Hundreds of people were detained after violent protests that followed June's disputed election.

Allies thanked

France has demanded that her case, and that of the French-Iranian embassy worker, who was released on bail last week, be thrown out.

"The French authorities now demand that the judicial procedures levelled against Clotilde Reiss and Mrs Nazak Afshar - which nothing can justify - be ended as soon as possible," the French presidency said.

Mr Sarkozy thanked the European Union and allies, specifically Syria, for their help in obtaining Ms Reiss's release from jail.

Earlier on Sunday, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner told state television that a verdict was likely in about eight days.

He said Ms Reiss's statement in court - in which she apologised for attending the demonstration - was "worked on", the AP news agency reported.

Ms Reiss was on a six-month teaching and research assignment in the central city of Isfahan.



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