France Says Embassy Employee Freed by Iranians

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

PARIS (AP) - President Nicolas Sarkozy's office says a French Embassy employee on trial in Iran has been freed from prison.

A statement says Sarkozy has spoken with Nazak Afshar since her
release.

The statement Tuesday said Sarkozy now wants the speedy release
of another French person on trial, 24-year-old academic Clotilde Reiss.

Sarkozy also wants the charges against Afshar, a French-Iranian
citizen, to be dropped.

Sarkozy thanked the European Union as well as friends - including Syria - "who provided their support in this first phase."

Reiss was arrested July 1. Afshar's arrest became known to France only when she appeared in court last week.


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