British-Iranian aid worker freed but faces new court date

Sunday, March 7

By Dermot Hessessey

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian who was jailed in 2016 over allegations to overthrow the Iranian governement has finally been freed.

The 42-year-old's ankle tag has been removed and her house arrest has come to an end, however it is unclear if she can leave the country because of new court case next Sunday.

The British aid worker had been pardoned by Iran’s Supreme Leader last year but has spent the last year under house arrest at her parents’ house in Tehran due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband, Richard Ratcliffe said his wife was “genuinely happy” but added that they “clearly remain in the middle of this government game of chess.”

MP for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's constituency Tulip Siddiq warns that the new summons to court next week leaves open the possibility of another five year sentence, revealing that the uncertainty 'has caused her distress.'

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called for Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe to be allowed to return to the UK.

Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was arrested at a Tehran airport in April 2016 as she prepared to head back to Britain with her daughter after a family visit.

Source: Newsday and Agencies