French academic attends hearing in Iran

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Posted: Dec 23, 2009 7:39 AM

France's Foreign Ministry says a young French academic arrested during Iran's postelection protests and charged with spying has attended a court hearing in Tehran and will have to return soon for another.

The ministry says Clotilde Reiss was accompanied by her lawyer, the French ambassador and another embassy official.

A ministry statement says "she was informed that she would be summoned again soon."

Reiss went to Iran to work five months at the University of Isfahan and was arrested in July. She was released on bail after a month and a half in custody on the condition that she remain at the French Embassy in Tehran until her trial is over.

Wednesday's hearing was the third time the 24-year-old has faced a judge since August.