An Iranian court on Tuesday sentenced Benjamin Briere, a French national for eight years behind bars on spying charges, while his lawyer denounced the trial as a “masquerade.”
Briere’s Paris-based lawyer Philippe Valent in a statement said that Briere has been held in Iran since May 2020 without any reason.
Briere was arrested while traveling in Iran and was arrested for his alleged role in spreading propaganda against Iran’s Islamic system.
Briere, who is 36 years old, was on an overland trip across Asia when he was arrested near the Turkmenistan-Iran border and accused of spying, the statement added.
Briere had been traveling around Iran in a van, hoping to explore the country’s roads as he had done on similar trips around Scandinavia, the Balkans, and Turkey, the statement added.
Briere’s sister Blandine Briere in an interview with FRANCE 24 denied her brother was involved in any spying activity.
“He was just a tourist,” Briere’s sister said, adding that nothing can justify the fact that he has spent so much time in prison for no reason.
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