French teacher returns home after being held in Iran for ten months
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Iranian officials arrested Reiss as she was about to leave the country on July 1, 2009. The arrest came after she had attended a protest regarding the country's elections, with the officials calling her a foreign spy. Reiss was in Iran for a five-month teaching position in Tehran's to the French Embassy on bail. During the trial, which included over 100 others thought to be trying to cause a , she pleaded not guilty and said that she only went to the protest because she was curious. Reiss was originally given two five-year sentences of jail time for spying and provoking unrest, but the sentence was to a 300 billion fine, or about USD300,000. Reiss' lawyer said that the money was given on Saturday, freeing the young academic., and was later sent from
Reiss landed at Nicolas Sarkozy at the in Paris shortly after. Sarkozy later released a statement thanking the presidents of Brazil, Senegal, and Syria for aiding in Reiss' return, but did not elaborate on the role each played.Sunday afternoon. She met
The governments of both France and Iran have denied rumors that Reiss' freedom was part of a deal involving two Iranians in France. One of the two, Majid Kakavand, was released a couple of weeks ago after France refused on May 5 tohim to the U.S. The other, Ali Vakili Rad, will likely receive parole and return to Iran later today. Kakavand had supposedly tried to give U.S. goods to the Iranian military, while Rad was responsible for the assassination of former in 1991.
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