Iran: French citizen sentenced to 8 years in prison for espionage

Iran: French citizen sentenced to 8 years in prison for espionage
Tehran: An Iranian court has sentenced a French citizen to eight years and eight months in prison for spying for 2020.

According to Voice of America, Benjamin Brier, 36, had flown a camera-mounted drone on the Iran-Turkmenistan border and was detained by the Iranian government on espionage charges.

Benjamin’s lawyer, Philip Valent, said the ruling was purely politically motivated and that the trial was a sham. He explained that Benjamin’s case had never been heard in a transparent manner because Benjamin could not even read the indictment against him, which made it difficult to prepare the case.
The lawyer also said that Benjamin had been on a hunger strike for a month and had become very weak.

It should be noted that dozens of citizens belonging to Western countries are still in Iranian custody on various charges.

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