France to free Iranian assassin

PARIS — The lawyer of a man convicted of the 1991 assassination  of former exiled Iranian Prime Minister Shahpour Bakhtiar says Ali Vakili Rad will be freed from prison and sent home to Teheran.
The decision had been considered likely since the French Interior Ministry issued an expulsion order Monday.
Vakili Rad would be the second Iranian freed by French courts in less than two weeks, leading to speculation of a pre-existing deal between Paris and Tehran to obtain freedom for a young French academic convicted by Iran of spying, who returned home Sunday.