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French academic's trial begins in Iran

Clotilde Reiss defends herself during a hearing at a revolutionary court in Tehran on August 8.
Clotilde Reiss defends herself during a hearing at a revolutionary court in Tehran on August 8.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Clotilde Reiss arrested in connection with protests following June 12 presidential election
  • Reiss was released from prison in August and has been staying at the French embassy in Tehran
  • Iranian media reported that she admitted participating in an illegal demonstration and asked for clemency
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Tehran, Iran (CNN) -- The trial of a French academic arrested this summer amid post-election protests in Iran begins Tuesday, Iranian news agencies reported.

It was not clear whether Clotilde Reiss, 24, would be present in court. Her attorney and a representative of the attorney general's office were expected to attend, the Fars and IRNA news agencies said, citing Attorney General Abbas Ja'afari Dolatabadi.

The court will decide whether there will be further sessions after Tuesday, Dolatabadi told the news agencies.

Reiss was among some 4,000 people arrested in connection with protests following the June 12 presidential election.

Thousands of Iranians demonstrated against the official result of the vote, which saw the re-election of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The government said he won by a landslide, but his opponents accused officials of rigging the results.

Reiss was released from prison in August and has been staying at the French embassy in Tehran while awaiting trial.

Iranian media reported that she had admitted to crimes in court, saying she participated in an illegal demonstration, and that she asked for clemency and forgiveness.

Human rights groups and Iran's opposition leaders have accused the government of forcing people to make such confessions.

France has said it wants the Iranian court to confirm Reiss's innocence.

CNN's Shirzad Bozorgmehr contributed to this report.

 
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