Adelkhah, a 60-year-old anthropologist, has been held since June 2019 [File: Thomas Arrive/Sciences Po/AFP]

Iran has sentenced French-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah to six years in prison on national security charges, according to her lawyer.

Saeid Dehghan told Reuters News Agency on Saturday he would appeal against the verdict.

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“The branch 15 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court has sentenced her to five years jail for gathering and conspiring against Iran’s national security. She was also sentenced to one year jail term for propaganda against the Islamic Republic,” he said.

Iran dropped spying charges against Adelkhah, but she remained in jail on other security-related charges, Dehghan had said in March.

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