Friday, 22 February, 2019

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe held in Iran released temporarily

Ratcliffe with her daughter Gabriella after the charity worker was been given temporary release from prison in Iran for three days. PRESS ASSOCIATION Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe held in Iran released temporarily
Leonard Rios | 26 August, 2018, 17:54

The Iranian authorities had told Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe several times that she would be given furlough, but she was never released.

Ratcliffe said his wife, who has denied all charges filed against her in Iran, was now with her parents and their four-year-old daughter Gabriella in Damavand, a mountain resort near Tehran.

"We are really excited", Ratcliffe told Sky News, adding their lawyer was "hopeful" the three-day release could be extended.

Mr Ratcliffe, who will attend two Edinburgh Fringe shows featuring his wife's case, said: "I spoke to her this morning, she's very happy".

"Her lawyer is hopeful this can be extended", said Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband, Richard Ratcliffe, on August 23 in an email sent to CHRI, adding that she is now with her four-year-old daughter, Gabriella, and her parents in the city of Damavand.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in April 2016 at a Tehran airport as she was heading back to Britain with her two-year-old daughter after a family visit.

On July 24, 2018, a judge had told Zaghari-Ratcliffe that she would not be permanently released until the United Kingdom paid an old debt it owes Iran.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was warned not to attempt to leave the country while on temporary release, or conduct interviews with local or global media, it added.

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'This was a very happy surprise after a number of false dawns recently, which had been increasingly unsettling'.

The new foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt tweeted today to say that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe must be "PERMANENTLY released, ' and that 'every effort will continue" to achieve this. "She immediately joined her 4-year-old daughter, Gabriella, who welcomed her mom with flowers".

Hunt told reporters at United Nations headquarters in NY that she "is innocent" and "every day that she is in prison is a reminder to the whole world of a gross injustice".

She was jailed for five years in 2016 after being convicted of spying charges, which she denied.

"I wasn't expecting it at all when it was mentioned two weeks ago", she was quoted as saying by the campaign.

Bail for her temporary release was set at one billion rials ($23,800), with her family's home in Tehran used as collateral, the campaign said.

"I think the very next steps are to see if we can extend the furlough beyond three days", he said.

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