Colleagues of the French-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah, hold placards depicting her as they gather in front high education school Science-Po, in Paris, on January 13, 2022 in order to support her following the decision of the Iranian government to send her back to prison after a period of house arrest. AFP
The judiciary news website Mizan.news quoted deputy head of the judiciary Kazem Gharibabadi as saying the prisoner, Fariba Adelkhah, ``dozens of times'' violated judicial restrictions during her furlough.
Gharibabadi said Adelkhah was aware of the restrictions.
On Thursday, France's foreign ministry condemned Adelkhah's recent new imprisonment and demanded her immediate release, saying her case has negative consequences on the relationship between Paris and Tehran.
Gharibabadi said Iran's judiciary considers Adelkhah an Iranian national. Iran does not recognize dual nationality.
Adelkhah was given a five-year sentence for ``gathering and collusion'' against Iran's security after her arrest in 2019. She was granted a furlough with no deadline in October 2020 and was required to stay at her sister's house in Tehran, wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet.
In addition to Adelkhah, French tourist Benjamin Briere, 36, has been imprisoned in Iran since 2020 after taking pictures in a desert area where photography is prohibited and asking questions on social media about Iran's obligatory Islamic headscarfs for women.
Briere was charged in March this year with spying and ``spreading propaganda against the system.'' He began a hunger strike in late December to protest his mistreatment in prison, according to his sister and his lawyer.
Rights groups accuse hard-liners in Iran's security agencies of using foreign detainees as bargaining chips for money or influence in negotiations with the West. Tehran denies it, though there have been such prisoner exchanges in the past.
In March 2020, Iran and France swapped French researcher Roland Marchal for Iranian engineer Jalal Ruhollahnejad. Marchal was arrested in June 2019 alongside Adelkhah.