Roland Marchal, French academic and former hostage in Iran | Pod Hostage Diplomacy
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In June 2019, French academic Roland Marchal decided to fly to Iran to spend a six day holiday with his partner. Within moments of landing in Iran, Roland was arrested at the airport by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the IRGC. He was taken to the notorious Evin prison where he would spend the next nine and a half months. On 20th March 2020, Roland was freed and flown back home to France in a prisoner swap deal between France and Iran. This is an example of Iran’s hostage diplomacy. On this week’s episode, we are joined by Roland Marchal himself.

We discuss his arrest, his academic background, how the IRGC treated him, what Roland endured during his time in Evin prison, getting a lawyer in Iran, the Free Roland Support Committee, use of the term “hostage”, should the French government be doing anything better as well as academic freedom.

If you prefer, you can watch the video version of this interview on YouTube

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