French Foreign Minister denies academic in Iran is a spy

August 25, 2009 16:01

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner on Tuesday denied accusations that a young French academic on trial in Iran was in the country as a spy. Kouchner told Europe-1 radio that he hopes Clotilde Reiss, who is one of more than 100 people on trial in Iran on charges linked to postelection protests, will be allowed to leave the country, though he acknowledged it could be a matter of "several days to several weeks." Kouchner categorically refuted allegations by Iran's ambassador to France - published in Tuesday's Le Parisien daily - that Reiss was in Iran in order to gather information about its contested nuclear program.

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