Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe could sent back to prison ‘at any time’, MP says

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Liz Truss says everything possible is being done to bring Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe home after she lost her most recent appeal in Iran – a blow her husband called a “wake-up call” to the government described.

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The foreign secretary said the Iranian decision was “a frightening continuation of the brutal test” for the jailed Briton.

“Instead of threatening to return Nazanin to prison, Iran should release her permanently so she can return home,” Ms Truss said. “We are doing everything we can to help Nazanin get her young daughter and family home and I will continue to pressurize Iran at this point.”


MP Tulip Siddiq said Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe could be sent back to prison “at any time”, as her one-year sentence and one-year travel ban were upheld “without a court hearing”.

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“This is yet another devastating news for my constituents, his family and the millions of people who care about him around the world,” the MP said. “Whatever the prime minister is doing to free Nazanin is clearly not working.”

Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband Richard also criticized the government over the matter, saying it “doesn’t deal with problems until they become crises”.

He said he had recently on Friday urged the government to take prompt action on the appeal.

“The longer we wait, the more bad news is likely to happen. I didn’t expect to get bad news the next day, but we did,” he said. [the rejection of the appeal] The Iranians indicated that they were not ready to wait forever and would do what they needed to do.

“Is this going to be a wake-up call for the government? maybe maybe not. One of the challenges before this government is that it does not solve problems until a crisis is created. It is threatening Iran crisis. Hope the government will take it seriously.”

Mr Ratcliffe, who has been campaigning for his wife’s return home since his original incarceration in 2016, said he was shocked by Saturday’s news.

He said he thought his appeal would have been rejected after “the court process ended” in November because Iran was “always going to confirm the crime, no matter what”.

The family of a British-Iranian national has completed 2,000 days since his arrest at the end of last month.

Mr Ratcliffe and the couple’s 7-year-old daughter Gabriella stood atop a snakes and ladders game board in Parliament Square, symbolizing the dilemma between the two governments.

Ms Zaghari-Racliffe, who was arrested while on holiday in Iran in 2016, is one of several people of British or dual-British nationality who are now held there.

He is in custody after being accused of plotting to overthrow the government.

Ms Zagari-Racliffe was taking her daughter, Gabriella, to visit her family when she was arrested and sentenced to five years in prison.

Evin spent four years of his sentence in prison before he was taken to Tehran, where he was placed under house arrest.

Shortly after his release this year, he was convicted of “spreading propaganda against the regime”.

The family has reportedly been told by Iranian authorities that he is being detained because of the UK’s failure to pay a £400m loan owed to Iran.

Sacha Deshmukh, chief executive of Amnesty International UK, who has been campaigning for her release with the family for many years, said: “This is terrible news and there is only more torment on top of the five-and-a-half years of agony Nazneen and her family. for family.

“Nazneen was subjected to a deeply unfair original trial, was taken through a ridiculous second court process and now faces more time behind bars – it is absolutely excruciating to watch.

“We have repeatedly said that Boris Johnson, [Foreign Secretary] Liz Truss and others in the government really need to step up in Nazanin’s case and other cases where British citizens are being persecuted in Iran.

“We want to see immediate action, and this should include the government setting a clear strategy to secure the release of all British nationals illegally held in Iran.”


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