Iran may bail French researcher Thursday: father

PARIS, Aug 13, 2009 (AFP) - Iranian officials may release on bail a French academic accused of spying later in the day, the young woman's father said on Thursday, six weeks after she was arrested in Tehran.

"The most likely scenario, as we see it, is bail in the next few hours, that's to say this morning," Remi Reiss, father of the detained Clotilde Reiss, told France Inter radio.

"If it can't be done this morning, and given that Friday isn't a working day in Iran, we'd expect it probably on Saturday," he said, while adding: "I've had no guarantees, it's what I assume."

He also confirmed France would pay "a few hundred thousand dollars" in bail to the Iranian authorities, in order that his daughter could be allowed to await the verdict in her trial at the French embassy in Tehran.

Reiss, 24, was among at least 110 defendants tried last week on charges related to huge protests across Iran after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared re-elected in June following a disputed election.

She was accused of spying and taking part in a Western plot to destabilise the government of the Islamic republic because she took a picture of a street protest and emailed it to a friend.

Judges finished their deliberations on the case on Wednesday, Iranian prosecutor Said Mortazavi said, warning that even if released on bail she would have to remain in Iran until the verdict.

Source: AFP

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