French tourist jailed in Iran since 2020 goes on hunger strike


Benjamin Brière, a French tourist imprisoned in Iran for espionage since the spring of 2020, has started a hunger strike, his lawyer and sister said in a statement on Monday.

French authorities remain in close contact with Brière, visiting him on December 21 and contacting him on Monday, a spokesperson for the French foreign ministry said.

Brière has been detained since May 2020, when he was arrested after piloting a helicam – a mini remote-controlled helicopter – in the desert near the Turkmenistan-Iran border, and charged with espionage and propaganda against the Islamic Republic.

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“The feeling of abandonment – and distress – led Benjamin Brière to start a hunger strike in order to alert the Iranian and French authorities to the absurdity of his detention”, declared his sister Blandine Brière and the lawyer Philippe Valent in a press release sent by email.



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