Apr 23, 2024, 5:43 PM

For Iran consulate intrusion;

French court gives man suspended sentence

French court gives man suspended sentence

TEHRAN, Apr. 23 (MNA) –  A French court this week handed a man a suspended 10-month sentence for entering the Iranian consulate in Paris with fake grenades.

The 61-year-old, a long-time resident of France who regularly attends Iranian opposition demonstrations, told the court he acted on Friday after learning the previous day that his sister had been arrested, Arab News reports.

He said he had not wanted to “threaten anyone” but rather “take revenge” on the Iranian authorities, who he described as “terrorist.”

The court, in a ruling late on Monday, also banned him from carrying a weapon or approaching the consulate again.

Soldiers and police descended en masse on the neighborhood around the consulate on Friday after the mission reported an intruder entering with a grenade or explosive belt.

But police found no explosives on him or inside after arresting him.

A police source, who did not wish to be named, said the suspect had been wearing a vest with large pockets containing three fake grenades.

The judge said witnesses recounted the man “tearing down flags” and saying he “wanted to die.” Police negotiators managed to convince him to exit the building without his jacket.

A psychiatric expert found the man was of sound mind.


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