Saturday, 12 March 2016
Nazak Afshar, former Iranian employee of the French embassy in Tehran, was arrested yesterday (Friday, March 10th) at an airport upon entering the country, news sources in Iran reported.
Afshar was arrested while she had departed Iran without any legal bans.
She was visiting Iran to see her ill mother, whom physicians have lost any hope of recovering. Afshar, herself in distress from a special illness, suffered hysteria today outside of Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, went unconscious and fell to the ground. She has been on leave due to this very illness.
Afshar had prior to this been arrested in the summer of 2009 due to being employed in the cultural branch of the French Embassy. She was released some time later and went on to live in France. Two years later in 2011 she received the Legion d’honneur medal from the French government for her cultural services.
“Being treated in such a way in my own country after all the hard work I had done there, this medal from my second country, France, brought me much hope,” she said at the time in an interview with the Farsi-language Radio Farda.