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Lawyer: Iran To Acquit French Woman Accused Of Spying


Clotilde Reiss in a Tehran court last year

Clotilde Reiss in a Tehran court last year

The lawyer for a French teaching assistant who was arrested on spying charges after Iran's disputed June election says she will be acquitted on May 16.

Mohammad Ali Mahdavi-Sabet told Reuters "the case of Clotilde Reiss is finished."

French AFP news agency quoted the lawyer as also saying his client was sentenced to pay a fine of $285,000, adding that it had been paid.

Reiss, who has been out of jail on bail and staying at the French Embassy, was accused of taking part in a Western plot to destabilize the Iranian government after the June 12 vote in which President Mahmud Ahmadinejad was reelected.

Her case has raised tensions between France and Iran.

compiled from agency reports
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