The trial in Tehran of a French teacher and two employees of the British and French embassies in the Iranian capital is an act against the whole of the European Union and will be treated accordingly says the Swedish EU presidency.
British embassy employee Hossein Rassam was held after the post-election protests in Iran in June. Clotilde Reiss, a 23-year-old French language teacher who works for the French embassy has acknowledged giving information to the embassy and has appealed for clemency. Reiss is charged with collecting information and provoking rioters along with one of the embassy’s Iranian staff. In a statement the EU presidency requested the immediate release of all the accused. British Foreign Minister David Miliband condemned the trial as an “outrage” saying Iranian action against Rassam, who is facing espionage charges, and Clotilde Reiss and her French embassy colleague, “would only bring further discredit on the Iranian regime”.