Iran Releases US-UK Iran Conservationist at Furlough

Environmentalists from the United Kingdom, the United States and Iran, who spent more than four years in Iranian prisons, were released in evacuation shelters with electronic tags.

According to the Foreign, Commonwealth Development (FCDO) in the United Kingdom, Morado Tarbaz, 66, has been released from Evin prison and is at his family’s home in Tehran, the capital of Iran.

A spokesperson for FCDO said:

Spy fee

Tahbaz is a prominent wildlife conservation activist and board member of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, which seeks to protect endangered species.

He was arrested during a January 2018 crackdown on environmental activists. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison with his colleagues on vague charges of spying on the United States and compromising Iran’s security. His wife was also placed under a travel ban by Iranian authorities.

Tahbaz, after months of intensive diplomatic negotiations between London and Tehran, along with two other British-Iranian detainees (43-year-old Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and 67-year-old Anoosheh Ashoori) March 16 First released on the day.

On the same day, Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Ashoori were allowed to return to the UK, and the UK government approved the payment of £ 393.8 million ($ 515 million) of past debt to Iran “in parallel” with the liberation. Announced that it was done.

However, London-born Morad Tahbaz remained in Tehran. The British minister said his US citizenship complicated the matter. [United States] I am involved. “

“Cruel game”

Tahbaz’s daughter Roxanne said he was happy to be with his wife and receive the medical care he urgently needed.

But she said the work of the British government remained “unfinished”.

“My father is a British-born citizen, and he and my mother must have been on a plane with Nazanin and Anouche four months ago,” she wrote in a statement.

She urged Foreign Minister Liz Truss to “keep her promise” and “ensure his unconditional release.”

The call was repeated by Eilidh Macpherson of Amnesty International UK, stating that Britain “strongly urges Morado’s complete unconditional release and permission to leave Iran with his wife Vida.”

She states: “In March, when Morado was given a temporary release of only 48 hours, it was clear that Iranian authorities were once again playing a cruel game with the British people for diplomatic interests.

“It is a serious concern that the British people continue to be thus arbitrarily detained by Iranian authorities, not to mention that Morado should not have been imprisoned in the first place.”

Lily Zhou and PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan