Monday, May 17, 2010

The Reiss Affair

The latest bulletin:

Au lendemain de la libération de la Française Clotilde Reiss, qui était retenue en Iran depuis juillet 2009, le ministre de l'intérieur, Brice Hortefeux, doit signer lundi le décret d'expulsion de Vakili Rad, condamné en 1994 à perpétuité pour l'assassinat du dernier premier ministre du chah d'Iran, Chapour Bakhtiar, en 1991. (Le Monde)

In an interview given some time ago, Sarkozy had explicitly and indignantly ruled out such an exchange of prisoners. Reiss, he said, was innocent; Rad was an assassin. That statement now seems to be "inoperative," even though the Élysée will undoubtedly deny that there is any connection between the two cases. But who will believe them? This will do Sarko's credibility no good. No wonder he didn't appear in public yesterday with Reiss, in stark contrast to his behavior with other freed hostages.

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