What was the behind-the-scenes story of the arrest of Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marshall?
According to Iran Gate, Fariba Adelkhah, a renowned Iranian-French anthropologist and researcher, has recently delved into the details of her own arrest and the exchange of Roland Marshall with Jalal Rohollahnejad in 2020. She revealed new details about these events in a clubhouse room.
Fariba Adelkhah, an Iranian-French anthropologist and researcher at Sciences Po University in France, has recently shed light on new details about her and Roland Marshall’s arrest that have attracted the attention of researchers and political observers. These statements, which coincide with the exchange of political prisoners between Iran and the United States, have raised new doubts and suspicions about the identities of the individuals who are supposed to be exchanged with five Iranian-American prisoners in the United States.
A recurring scenario of exchange.
According to the belief of most experts in the Islamic Republic, the arrest of Freiba Adelkhah and Roland Marshal, a French sociologist, and Mrs. Adelkhah’s husband, by security forces was intended to exchange them for Jalal Rohollah Nejad, an Iranian citizen who was arrested in France. This citizen, who was accused of circumventing oil and banking sanctions against Iran, was arrested upon entering French territory by the country’s security forces.
According to the information announced by French security agencies, the Islamic Republic has been involved in the arrest of the Iranian engineer, Rohollah Nejad, from the first days of his imprisonment in France. These events coincided with Adelkhah’s presence in Iran, where she was conducting research on Islamic fundamentalism in the country.
What is Adelkhah’s account?
Freiba Adelkhah, who recently made statements on the social network Clubhouse about the manner of her own and her life partner’s arrest, has shed new light on this case for the audience. According to this famous anthropologist, Mr. Marshal had no connection whatsoever with Iran and the accusations against him are completely baseless. Adelkhah emphasized that Roland Marshal is a sociologist who was researching Islamic extremism in African countries and had no acquaintance with Iran.
Mrs. Adelkhah emphasizes that Marshal is unfamiliar with the culture and even the Persian language. She believes that his arrest was solely for the purpose of exchanging this French sociologist with Jalal Rohollahnejad. Adelkhah recalls her own arrest and Mr. Marshal’s, referring to the events that took place at Imam Khomeini Airport. According to Adelkhah, Mr. Marshal was arrested inside the plane by security forces before disembarking, and she herself was detained at the airport prior to meeting Roland Marshal.
An illicit relationship between a 60-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man
Mrs. Adelkhah refers to her own and her husband’s interrogation period and believes that there was no slightest connection between Mr. Marshal and Iran. She claims that the only point that Iranian authorities paid attention to in Marshal’s case was the extramarital relationship between the two French researchers. Mrs. Adelkhah describes Roland Marshal as a 65-year-old man, just like herself, and considers the illicit relationship between them to be absurd and unimaginable.
He emphasizes the humorous nature of this accusation at his and Roland Marshall’s request for a lawful marriage during detention. According to Adelkhah, the authorities of the Islamic Republic oppose this request. He claims that the reason for this opposition is that there was no other reason or evidence to keep Mr. Marshall in detention, and if they had registered these two marriages officially and lawfully, Mr. Marshall would have been practically released.
The exchange of political prisoners between Iran and the United States has recently entered a new phase. This event, which apparently coincided with the transfer of Iran’s blocked resources in South Korea, has become a lever to reduce the pressure of sanctions on the Islamic Republic. Fariba Adelkhah also made statements in this regard and considers the regime’s use of the detention of dual nationals as the only remaining way for the Islamic Republic.
to alleviate the pressure of sanctions.
The professor of anthropology at Science University emphasized that as long as the pressure of sanctions weighs heavily on the regime, dual citizenship will be used as the best leverage by the Islamic Republic. This action has been strongly criticized and condemned by legal experts, who even consider it a violation of Iran’s national sovereignty. However, it seems that the Islamic Republic has no intention of changing its approach to dealing with sanctions and will continue with this policy.
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