Franco-Iranian researcher Fariba Adelkhah continues fight in prison

From the depths of her Evin prison, she resists. In order not to let the prison system of his country of origin, Iran, bring it down psychologically. Each fight undertaken by Fariba Adelkhah – a Franco-Iranian researcher arrested last June with his companion, researcher Roland Marchal – is a way of claiming that they are innocent of the charges brought against them: “Propaganda against the system” political of the Islamic Republic and “Collusion to endanger national security”.

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Psychological resistance to the very peril of his life. Fariba Adelkhah has so far defeated what she called, in a letter to her support committee in France, the “Psychological torture” very strong interrogations to which she was subjected in November. Will she resist the consequences of the hardships she suffered from a hunger strike lasting more than 45 days, from the end of December to mid-February?

“His kidneys have been damaged”

Her friends and colleagues have not hidden their concern since they learned that she had been hospitalized on Sunday, February 23, in the medical unit of Evin prison. “ His kidneys have been damaged “, His state of health is” worrisome “Confided to Tehran his lawyer, Mr. Saïd Dehqan. Others also mention balance problems.

Fariba Adelkhah has no intention of being wiped out. This small, petite, soft-spoken woman, a trained anthropologist, fights several battles at the same time: she refuses to comply with the prison rules which require her to speak to her family through a window; since mid-January, she has refused to return to her cell, living and sleeping in the corridors on the floor, until she has been allowed to see her companion, also locked up in Evin.

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And finally, she asserts by all means beyond the walls of her prison, her innocence and that of her companion. Friday February 21, when the legislative elections were held in Iran, she caused a scandal because the prison having lost her nationality certificate, she could not vote.

Exchange currencies

The battle is tough when it involves considerations other than the truth. Iran is no longer hiding that Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal are, like other bi-national or foreign prisoners in this country, exchange currencies against Iranians detained in France and in Europe. One way to recognize that their charge sheet is empty.

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More than 5,000 kilometers away, one of his compatriots, Jalal Rohollahnejad, 41, arrested on his arrival in France on February 2, and the target of an American arrest warrant for attempts to export to Iran. computer equipment on behalf of a company belonging to the Guardians of the Revolution, awaits at the Luynes prison center.

He appealed to the Court of Cassation after French justice gave a favorable opinion on his extradition to the United States. The future of Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal, whose trial before the revolutionary court will open Tuesday, March 3, in Tehran, may depend on this decision.


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