Freedom for a French embassy worker, detained over post-election protests in Iran, has raised hopes in Paris that another woman’s liberation will follow. In France, the son of newly-released Nazak Afshar was able to speak to his mother by telephone. Arash Naimian said he was shocked but very happy that his mother is now out of jail. Nonetheless, the French-Iranian national’s ordeal is not over as she remains on trial with dozens of others.
Another defendant, young French academic Clotilde Reiss, could be following in Afshar’s footsteps and leaving her prison cell behind. Iran has offered to let her stay in the French embassy in Tehran during her trial, according to the Islamic Republic’s ambassador in France. For her father, Remi Reiss, the proposition has raised real hopes of his daughter regaining her freedom. Iran’s state media says Reiss, accused of spying, admitted filing a report to the embassy on protests after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s contested re-election. France has denounced the trial as a travesty of justice.