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In ‘masquerade’ trial, Iran jails French man for 8 years on spying charges

A court in Iran has sentenced a French man to eight years in jail on spying charges, his Paris-based lawyer says, denouncing his trial as a “masquerade.”

Benjamin Briere, 36, who was arrested in May 2020 while traveling in Iran and is currently on hunger strike, has also been given an additional eight-month sentence for propaganda against Iran’s Islamic system, his lawyer Philippe Valent says in a statement.

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