British and Iranian aid workers Nazanin Zagari Ratcliff were sentenced to another year’s imprisonment in Iran on Monday and accused by Prime Minister Boris Johnson of not being returned to prison.
“I don’t think it’s perfectly right for Nazanin to be sentenced to further imprisonment,” Johnson said in response to news that his 42-year-old mother had been convicted for the second time.
He added that Britain is working with the United States on bilateral issues imprisoned under Islamic republic.
Richard Ratcliffe, husband of Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe, said the decision was surprising, but she had not yet been recalled to prison.
“I thought something could happen after the postponement last week, but I was still a little surprised today,” he said.
He said she believed she was being held as a trump card in international negotiations to bail out Iran’s nuclear deal.
“At least they are buying more time to retain nazanin,” he said. “But you can see what it means about the threat of returning to jail.”
Ratclife previously told The Telegraph that he believed his wife was held hostage for London’s unpaid £ 400m long-term debt to Tehran.
Britain admits that it is in debt due to the non-delivery of 1,500 Chieftain tanks ordered and paid by Iran’s Shah shortly before the overthrow in 1979, but repayments must not violate sanctions. Stated.
The latest ruling against Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was issued by the Revolutionary Court for promoting the Islamic Republic, her lawyer Hojjat Kermani told the Emtedad News website, and the court said she would leave the country for a year. He added that it was banned.
He said the accusation arose from accusations that she participated in a 2009 protest outside the Iranian embassy in London and interviewed BBC Persian. He added that the ruling would be appealed within 21 days.
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab condemned the ruling, saying:
“We will continue to call on Iran to release Nazanin immediately and allow her to return to her family in the UK. We will continue to do everything we can to support her. “
Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who worked as a project manager for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was arrested at Tehran Airport in April 2016 after visiting a family in Iran.
She was sentenced to five years in prison for attempting to overthrow the establishment of an Iranian priest. After spending four years in prison, she was put under house arrest in Tehran in March 2020 after the coronavirus spread to a prison in Iran.
She completed her decision on March 7, but faced a second trial of what Mr. Raab called a second “arbitrary” series of accusations.
Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s family and employer have denied accusations against her.
Mrs. Zagari Ratcliff’s MP Tulip Sidik, who represents Hampstead and Kilburn, described the ruling as devastating and shocking. “Her other abusive use as a bargaining tip,” she said.
Amnesty International UK has urged the government to pressure Iran to release Mrs. Zagari Ratcliff.
“After yet another fake trial and another harsh ruling, it’s certainly time to say that the British government is sufficient,” said Kate Allen, the British director of the charity. “Under the strongest conditions possible, the government must ask the Iranian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Nazanin and allow her to return home.”