Detained British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zagari-Ratcliff regains passport

Nazanin Zagari Ratcliff, a detained British-Iranian mother, returned her passport and her lawmaker said a British negotiating team was in Tehran.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been detained in Iran since being arrested in 2016 for attempting to overthrow the government. It is her claim that she always denies.

The £ 400m debt associated with the canceled orders of 1,500 Chieftain tanks dating back to the 1970s is related to the continued detention of the Zagari-Ratcliff and other UK-Iranian dual citizens held in the country. Was.

On Tuesday, Hamstead and Kilburn’s MP Tulip Sidik tweeted. She is still at her parents’ home in Tehran. She also understands that she currently has a British negotiating team in Tehran. I will continue to post when I get the updates. “

According to her employer, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, her lawyer, Hojat Kermani, said, “We hope there will be good news soon” when asked if Zagari Ratcliffe will be released. I am. “

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in Iran for preparing to return to England with his daughter Gabriella (who was not two at the time) to meet his relatives.

She was accused of attempting to overthrow the Iranian government and sentenced to four years in Evin Prison, Tehran, one year under house arrest, and five years in prison.

Her husband, Richard Ratcliff, spent 21 days on a hunger strike in London last year to draw attention to his wife’s case.

Richard Ratcliff at the end of the hunger strike
Richard Ratcliff has ended a hunger strike outside the Foreign, Commonwealth of Development (PA) in central London.

In January, another British Iranian daughter detained in Iran said her father would start a hunger strike because of poor release.

Retired civil engineer Anouche Asholi has been detained in Evin Prison for more than four years for spying on Israel.

In a video posted in connection with the hunger strike, Erica Achooli said she was “extremely worried” about her father’s health “as she approached her 68th birthday.”

In December, Foreign Minister Liz Truss said Britain’s £ 400m owed to Iran was a “legitimate debt” that the government wanted to pay.

Nazanin Zagari-Ratcliff
Nazanin Zagari-Ratcliff (Family Handout / PA)

Sacha Deshmukh, CEO of Amnesty International UK, warned that the latest report should be treated with caution as there was a “false dawn followed by a false dawn” in the long process.

He states: “I sincerely hope that these reports are correct.

“Detainees and their families have been suffering for years and resolutions cannot be achieved fast enough.

“It has long been clear that Iranian authorities have targeted foreigners for false national security-related charges to put diplomatic pressure on them.

“In the past, there have been false dawns over possible breakthroughs, so at this point it’s just right to be careful.”

Regarding debt, the Foreign, Commonwealth Development Agency said, “We continue to seek options to resolve this case, and discussions are ongoing, so we will not comment further.”

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said of the detained British case: I will not comment on speculation. “

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