Tehran claims Paris is seeking to pressure Iran with the trial of an Iranian electrical engineering student.

Foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Tuesday the trial is going ahead “despite the student’s innocence” and called the proceedings “illegal.”

He says France is mistaken in thinking the case can be used as leverage on Iran. He didn’t say where in France the trial is taking place or on what charges.

French media reported the student, Majid Kakavand, was arrested in March at the U.S. request on suspicion he obtained electronic equipment. He was jailed, then moved to house arrest in August.

French academic Clotilde Reiss is on trial in Iran for taking part in anti-government protests following the disputed June presidential elections.

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