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Iran appeals court confirms 8-year sentence for jailed Frenchman Benjamin Brière, lawyer says

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An Iranian appeals court has upheld an eight-year, eight-month prison sentence for French national Benjamin Brière on charges of espionage, one of his Iranian lawyers, Saeid Dehghan, tweeted Tuesday.

The Frenchman was arrested in Iran in May 2020 after flying a helicam – a remote-controlled mini-helicopter used to capture aerial or film footage – in the desert near the border with Turkmenistan.

He was convicted on January 25.

Brière, who was 36 years old at the time of his conviction, has consistently denied any wrongdoing and France has called on Iran to release him.

>> Lovers fear Frenchman held in Iran for ‘espionage’

The ruling comes at a sensitive time as the US and Iran resume indirect talks in Qatar in an effort to break a deadlock over how to revive Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, including France.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)

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