Reiss, French woman tried for spying by Iran, returns home
France 24
16-May-2010 (16 comments)

Clotilde Reiss arrived in France on Sunday afternoon, where she was received by President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysée Palace. Reiss, held for 10 months in Iran on spying charges, was released Saturday.

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humanbeing

yes arthimis.

by humanbeing on

 the two should be taken together: reiss keeps the plight of her cellmates and fellow iranians in the headlines, and kouchner showed assertiveness at cannes.


Arthimis

Just a friendly reminder to all the French bashers!

by Arthimis on

Regardless of possible deals behind the curtains by politicians..., Clotilde Reiss showed her complete humanity by standing with her two Iranian prison mates who were unjustly executed and she still stands with Free Iran and Free Iranians! After her release and FREE again back in her own country, in a Palace in Paris, France, next to her country's President and Foreign Minister, she still talks about Iranian rights! God bless her kind soul and courage, she deserves Freedom... So much more than some ...

PS. And how about Jafar Panahi's exposure, nomination and his message from his Evin cell in Cannes Fesival!


humanbeing

rea

by humanbeing on

too bad shalit is not being represented by the french, maybe he'd be out by now. that deal is going for thousands to one.

it's so complicated. in principle it is de rigeur not to deal, but if it's your child?

oh, i wish kids in all nations would be raised with love, freedom, and sense of self, without ignorance or paranoia, so they don't grow up to occupy, to kill, to martyr themselves, to incite and to oppress (just a few scenarios).


Rea

humanbeing

by Rea on

Deals are made all over the place, réf. Shalit.

Hélas, none gives a damn about human beings any more.   We are all expendable, it seems.


yolanda

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by yolanda on

    LAL!( laughing a little) Wow! she got a discount! Apparently the ransom for guys and gals are different....the ransom for  a guy is a little higher!


humanbeing

rea

by humanbeing on

i stand corrected. i admit i wasn't in on those details. i based my (impressionistic) opinion on the fact that kouchner stood assertively at the cannes ceremony behind panahi. thanks for the clarification.


vildemose

from the LA times Article:

by vildemose on

She was allowed to leave Iran just days after a French judge refused a U.S. extradition request for Majid Kakavand, an Iranian businessman and engineer accused by the FBI of attempting to purchase and smuggle sensitive electronic equipment to Iran. Kakavand, his lawyer and the Iranian government have disputed the charge, alleging the U.S. forged documents to make its case.

Kakavand returned to Tehran on May 7. Eight days later, an Iranian court handed Reiss two concurrent five-year suspended sentences and converted her bail into a fine, her lawyer said Saturday. Authorities also handed back her passport.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iran-french-researcher-20100517,0,6605347.story

hamsade ghadimi

welcome back

by hamsade ghadimi on

i'm glad that she's safe and sound back at home.  and also for her mention and thoughts of iranians and her co-defendants. 

it seems that the going price for forgoing the punishment in the kangaroo courts in iran is around $300,000.  that's how much maziar bahari had to pay for bond.  she got a $15 k discount for her release.


Rea

humanbeing

by Rea on

Let's wait and see if Ali V.Rad, Bakhtiar's assassin, is out. Then we can talk about principles in politics.


yolanda

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by yolanda on

Thank you, vildemose, for the article.....Clotilde Reiss was used as a bargaining chip of IRI....Taking pictures is not a crime......it is nothing!


humanbeing

what a brave woman

by humanbeing on

she and her story will surely serve in the west as an ongoing reminder of all the brave young iranians still sufferring or who have been put to death.

the french did not appease the iri, either, but stuck by their principles.

let's hope for a positive turn of events on a broader scale.


vildemose

Clotilde Reiss, a

by vildemose on

Clotilde Reiss, a 24-year-old lecturer and student of Persian language and Iranian history, had been held in Tehran since last July on espionage charges after allegedly taking pictures and sending accounts of the mass demonstrations and violent official crackdown that followed the disputed June 12 reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

After arriving in Paris on a government airplane, she was whisked off to meet French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Looking pale but otherwise healthy and in good spirits, she voiced solidarity with the detainees at Tehran's Evin Prison, including two who were put to death in January for alleged political crimes, and said fellow prisoners treated her like a sister.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iran-french-researcher-20100517,0,6605347.story


yolanda

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by yolanda on

I feel a little comforted that she mentioned the 2 Iranians who shared the jail with her and got executed by IRI. I am glad that she can go back to her family! I am sure she will appreciate her freedom more than a lot of people!

Thank you for posting the video!


Rea

Welcome back

by Rea on

Going public about her experience in Evin would be the best tribute paid to her former cellmates. 


benross

Glad to see her back.

by benross on

Glad to see her back.


Darius Kadivar

Her First thoughts were for Ali Zamani and Arash Rahmanpour

by Darius Kadivar on

French Teacher accused of Espionage set Free arrived in Paris at VillaCoublay Airport, upon reception at Elysee Palace, She paid tribute to fellow cellmates Muhamad Ali Zamani and Arash Rahmanpour executed as monarchists.

More Here:

Clotilde Reiss Pays Tribute to Executed Iranians and Fellow Cellmates in Evin ( Elysee Press Call)