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French national freed pending Tehran trial verdict

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French teaching assistant Clotilde Reiss has been has been released on bail pending a final verdict in her trial on spying charges in Tehran.

She was arrested after Iran’s disputed election in June. Reiss is accused of taking part in a Western plot to destabilise the Iranian government. The 24-year-old was detained as she prepared to return home after five months working at Isfahan university. Human rights groups believe thousands of people were arrested after the vote which opposition figures claim was rigged to ensure President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s re-election. Tehran initially rejected French demands that Reiss be allowed to stay at the French embassy in Tehran while awaiting a verdict.