Nazak Afshar, a former staff member of the French Embassy in Tehran who was arrested upon returning to Iran last March for a visit, is reportedly being held in solitary confinement for questioning in Evin Prison.

Nazak Afshar

Nazak Afshar

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reports that Afshar has been transferred from the women’s ward to Section 2A of the prison, which is under the supervision of the Revolutionary Guards.

Afshar has been subjected to hours-long bouts of daily interrogations for the past five days. She reportedly passed out during one session and had to be transferred to hospital.

Afshar, who holds dual Iranian and French citizenship and is currently working for the French foreign ministry, was arrested during the election protests of 2009 and charged with “harbouring vandals and rioters in the French Embassy”. She was later released without being indicted and left Iran.

She was arrested upon her return to Iran last March to visit her ailing mother.