Former employee of French embassy arrested in Tehran

DUBAI – A former employee of the French embassy in Tehran has been arrested at the airport after arriving in Iran to visit her critically ill mother, the opposition website Kalemeh reported on Saturday.

Nazak Afshar, 58, who has French-Iranian citizenship, had previously been arrested in 2009 on charges of spying and of acting against Iran’s national security. Although she was put on trial at the time, no verdict was issued and she was freed following the intervention of the French government. She left the country the same year. Afshar had travelled to Iran to visit her mother after “doctors had given up hope of her recovery”, the website said, without giving details of the ailment.



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