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Iran frees British-Iranian aid worker Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe freed but faces new court date Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe freed: Iran releases aid worker's tag - but issues court summons
Patty Aguilar | 10 March, 2021, 03:35

"She was pardoned by Iran's Supreme Leader last year, but spent the last year of her term under house arrest with electronic shackles tied to her feet".

Local British media have reported throughout the ordeal that Nazanin and her husband believe she is being used as a bargaining chip in Iran's attempts to obtain over £400 million ($553.6 million) in debt the United Kingdom admits it owes Iran but says it can not pay due to sanctions.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab tweeted: "We welcome the removal of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's ankle tag, but Iran's continued treatment of her is intolerable".

Her family, human rights organisations and politicians have demanded her immediate release. We will continue to do all we can to achieve this.

Iran's judiciary officials have yet to comment about the release.

Tulip Siddiq, the Labour MP for the Hampstead and Kilburn constituency in London where Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's family live, said she had not yet had her British passport returned to her. Iran has shown that it is very serious about thisWith Nazanin being held hostage, there is more to do, everything is possible to bring her home.

"I know her daughter has been counting down the days on her calendar at home for her mother to return".

"2) Less positive - she has been summoned once again to court next Sunday".

Hunt, who served as foreign secretary while Zaghari was in jail, claimed that Iran's actions were "totally and utterly inhumane". She has been under house arrest at her family's home in Tehran since.

Kate Allen, director at Amnesty International UK, said the news that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's ankle tag had been removed was "bittersweet" and "yet another example of the calculated cruelty of the Iranian authorities".

Her lawyer told Iran's Emtedad news website how she has been charged with "propaganda against the establishment". She was temporarily released from prison last March and placed under house arrest, along with thousands of other prisoners, in an attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Iran's crowded jails. Her sentence was due to end on Sunday.

Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested while taking her infant daughter to see her parents back in 2016.

He told AFP: "It's a positive development, let's put it this way, but it's also to a certain extent an expected development, because it's the end of a five year prison sentence, so she was due some sort of information, so some development was expected, and the fact that the ankle tag has come off is definitely welcome news".

Richard Ratcliffe spoke outside the Iranian embassy in London where he attempted to deliver a petition calling for his wife's immediate release.

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