France expels Iranian accused of being an “agent of influence” of Tehran

France expels Iranian accused of being an “agent of influence” of Tehran
France expels Iranian accused of being an “agent of influence” of Tehran

Bashir Biazar, suspected of being a « agent d’influence » of the Islamic Republic, was deported to Iran on Wednesday, July 3. Mr. Biazar was in the administrative detention center in Metz (Moselle) and boarded a plane for Tehran on Wednesday morning, according to information from Agence France-Presse (AFP) collected from the lawyer of the deported person, Mr.e Rachid Lemouda.

During a hearing before the Paris administrative court on Wednesday, July 3, a representative of the Interior Ministry portrayed Mr. Biazar as a “agent of influence, an agitator who promotes the views of the Republic of Iran and, more worryingly, harassing opponents of the regime”claiming to rely on intelligence information.

This representative assures that he filmed journalists from Iranian opposition media in September in front of Tehran’s consulate in Paris after the arson attack on the building. The broadcast of this video is said to have caused difficulties for an uncle of one of these journalists in Iran. According to the French authorities, Mr. Biazar was acting “in connection” with the Quds Force, an elite unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, an affiliation he kept secret. “When you are a member of Al-Quds, you don’t put it on your business card”explained the ministry representative.

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Franco-Iranian tensions

For mee Lemoudaa, his client has never constituted a « menace » in France. Bashir Biazar, who officially presented himself as a music producer and whom Iranian state media described as “cultural figure”was closely followed in Tehran. According to the ISNA news agency, the Iranian presidency affirmed that Mr. Biazar, “illegally arrested and imprisoned in France a few weeks ago”, “was released and is on his way home”At the beginning of June, Iranian diplomacy had already promised to take the “necessary measures” for his release. The Iranian High Council for Human Rights, close to the regime, had denounced the decision “illegal” of the French justice system to place him in detention.

The proceedings against Mr Biazar, who resided in France with his wife and their two children, were launched against a backdrop of extremely tense relations between Paris and Tehran. Three French nationals are still imprisoned in Iran, described by Paris as“State hostages”.

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A l’audience, Me Lemoudaa, for his part, contested the legality of an expulsion order based on « suppositions » and argues that his client’s comments fell within the scope of the ” freedom of expression “. “I have never been shown any threat”he added. The lawyer was also surprised that the ministry waited almost a month to proceed with the expulsion when Mr. Biazar, whose residence permit was valid until 2026, had indicated that he would not “did not want to stay on French territory”. Throughout this period, his client was deprived of his liberty and observed a “Start of hunger strike”supported M.e Lemoudaa, who had denounced at the end of June a “political procedure”.

Back in Iran, Mr. Biazar will escape another procedure initiated, this one by Franco-Iranian activists in June. They accused him, in a complaint, of “complicity (…) of acts of psychological, physical torture, [de] cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment”Their lawyer, who wanted Mr Biazar to be prosecuted in France, deplored his expulsion. “It is incomprehensible (…) that no legal proceedings have been initiated”M told AFPe Chirinne Ardakani. According to her, there is, “serious evidence implicating this senior Iranian official, a former production manager in Iranian public broadcasting, in the production, recording and broadcasting of forced confessions clearly obtained under torture”. “Nothing is clear in this case”she said.

Meanwhile, Cécile Kohler and Jacques Paris, arrested in May 2022 and accused by Tehran of being spies, as well as a man named Olivier, whose last name has not been made public, remain imprisoned in Iran. Louis Arnaud, detained since September 2022, was released last month, without any known compensation.

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