The European Union has strongly criticised Tehran after an Iranian court charged a French woman and two Iranians working for the British and French embassies with spying.
The charges are linked to the unrest which followed the recent disputed presidential poll. 24 year-old French teacher Clotilde Reiss has been accused of acting against national security by joining the protests and gathering information – she has apologised to the court. Her father, Remi Reiss is incredulous at the Iranian accusations. In a phoned interview he said: “I think it is a put up job – the file she is supposed to have given to the embassy, from what I know, is not a file, but an e-mail that she has sent to some friends including some who work for the embassy, e-mails aimed at reassuring mainly her relatives regarding her living conditions.” British embassy employee Hossein Rassam is accused of monitoring the riots- he is said to have admitted mistakes and asked for clemency. This is the second mass trial in a week organised by the Iranian authorities aimed at subduing the opposition and ending the protests. An Iranian employee of the French embassy, Nazak Afshar is also standing trial. Scores of protesters have been arrested in the post election violence. These latest charges have provoked fury from the European Union which has warned Tehran that action against one EU country, citizen or embassy staff is considered an action against all of the EU.