Iran indicts French tourist detained on espionage charges

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities have indicted a French tourist on charges of spying and spreading propaganda against the system. That’s according to Benjamin Berier’s lawyer in the latest in a series of cases against foreigners amid heightened tensions between Iran and the West. Berier was arrested in May last year after taking pictures in a desert area where photography is prohibited and asking questions “in the media” about Iran’s obligatory Islamic headscarf for women. Under Iranian law, a spying conviction can bring up to 10 years in prison and a conviction on a charge of spreading propaganda against the system can be punishable by three months to a year. It wasn’t immediately clear when his trial would take place. 

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