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The family of Cécile Kohler, a Frenchwoman detained in Iran, was able to speak to her for the first time


While she was sightseeing in Iran with her husband Jacques, this literature teacher was kidnapped last May.

The family of Cécile Kohler, a Frenchwoman detained in Iran, was able to speak to her for the first time since her arrest in May, during a video call on WhatsApp last Sunday, her support committee announced on December 24.

The interview, which lasted a few minutes, had not been announced.

It took place under surveillance.

Wearing a veil, Cécile could not speak freely

,” said the Liberté pour Cécile committee in a press release.

According to her family, "

she was in tears

" when they answered the call.

We felt she was very tested psychologically.

In particular, she suffers enormously from having been unable to have any contact with her family in more than seven months

, ”they added.

They said they were "

particularly alarmed and extremely worried

" because they found her "

visibly psychologically tested

", but "

relieved to have finally had direct contact

", although "

far too brief


Read also“It is for her that we must not crack”: the family of Cécile Kohler, French detained in Iran, comes out of her silence

Cécile Kohler and her companion Jacques Paris were arrested in May while they were sightseeing in Iran.

Tehran accuses them of being spies.

According to the press release from her support committee, this teacher and trade unionist is "

detained in section 209 of Evin prison, a high security section, sadly famous for its extremely difficult detention conditions

", in northern Iran. .

This “ unexpected, painful and hopeful

” appeal

is, according to the committee, “

perhaps the result of the work carried out by the French diplomatic authorities at the Quai d'Orsay


They also said they were working with “

the committees of other French hostages in Iran to organize joint actions


The French ambassador to Iran was able to speak briefly with Cécile Kohler at the end of November.


State Hostages


His relatives had decided to speak publicly after the broadcast in early October by Tehran of a video presented as "


", according to which Cécile Kohler worked for the French secret service.

Paris had denounced an “

unworthy staging

” and evoked for the first time “

State hostages


Cécile Kohler "

is innocent and must be released and repatriated immediately

", also complained to her support committee, which clarified that the Frenchwoman still did not have "

an independent lawyer

" and that no trial date had been set.


Source: lefigaro

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