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Benjamin Briere, a French Tourist, on Trial in Iran for Espionage

According to his lawyers, a French tourist who has been detained in Iran since 2020 on suspicion of espionage has gone on trial. Benjamin Brière, 36, was arrested after flying a drone near the Iran-Turkmenistan border.

If convicted, he faces prison time, however, his Iran-based lawyer has hinted that officials are considering putting him in a prisoner exchange. Mr. Brière has been on hunger strike since December, which has left him quite fragile, according to another of his lawyers.

Mr. Brière’s lawyer in Paris, Philippe Valent, and Mr. Brière’s sister both stated that a verdict might be given on 22nd January. He is being prosecuted behind closed doors in the Revolutionary Court in Mashhad, Iran’s easternmost city.

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