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Arrival at the end of his sentence, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe again summoned by Iranian justice


Accused of having plotted to overthrow the Islamic regime, which she fiercely denies, this binational was sentenced in September 2016 to five years in prison.

Arrived at the end of his sentence of five years in prison, the Iranian-British Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has obviously not finished with the Iranian justice before which she is summoned on March 14, an "intolerable" treatment according to London which demands his return "as soon as possible".

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With hopes of release in disappointment, this 42-year-old project manager, employed by the Thomson Reuters foundation, the philanthropic arm of the eponymous press agency, was forced to serve her sentence to the end.

Now released from her electronic bracelet, according to British MP for her constituency Tulip Siddiq, the binational will be able to leave her parents' home, where she had been under house arrest for a year, after being allowed out of prison due to the coronavirus.

But she will not be able to return to the United Kingdom, having not recovered her passport and being "

summoned again to court

" next Sunday, much to the despair of her family.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's life was turned upside down on April 3, 2016, when she was arrested with her daughter Gabriella, then not even two years old, at Tehran airport after visiting her family.

Accused of having plotted to overthrow the Islamic regime, which she fiercely denies, this binational was sentenced in September of the same year to five years in prison.

It was the beginning of a long ordeal, marked by harsh stays in isolation in windowless cells, hunger strikes and deprivation of medical care.

She sleeps for over a month in the same clothes and even contemplates suicide.

With her "

keen sense of loyalty and justice

", she is "

deeply outraged by the injustice

" of this situation, her husband Richard Ratcliffe told AFP.


Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is also the subject of a second legal proceeding in Iran, but his trial was adjourned in early November without any new date having been communicated to him until then.


My client's hearing for her second case, in which she is accused of propaganda against the regime, has been set for March 14,

" her lawyer Hojjat Kermani told Iranian news agency ISNA, confirming that "

her electronic bracelet has been withdrawn


The British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab "


" Sunday in a tweet of the latter point, adding however that "

the treatment that Iran continues to inflict on it is intolerable

" and that it should "

be authorized as soon as possible to return to the UK



His continued detention remains totally unacceptable,

" added British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.


She must be released definitively in order to return to her family

", he added, affirming that the government continued to do "

everything possible to achieve this


But Richard Ratcliffe considers the government support too timid, confiding Sunday to the British agency PA to have the impression of being "

very clearly in the middle of the game of chess


The man who has fought for years for the release of his wife has repeatedly said that he sees her as a "


" in a sinister political game involving an old debt contracted by the United Kingdom in connection with 'an armaments contract.

"Happy and nervous"

An opinion shared by Antonio Zappulla, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation.


We know she is a political symbol in a much larger situation that needs to be resolved between the UK and the Iranian government

," he told AFP.

While he welcomes the "


" development of the removal of his bracelet, Mr. Zappulla knows that a "

dark cloud hangs over the head

" of this woman and expressly asks the "

British government to continue to step up. negotiations with the Iranian regime

”, arguing that the arrival of Joe Biden to the American presidency was reshuffling the cards.

As for her, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was on Sunday "

rather optimistic, rather happy

" and "

very relieved

" to no longer wear a bracelet and to be able to leave the apartment, said her sister-in-law Rebecca Ratcliffe on the Sky news channel, after a family call that morning.

According to MP Tulip Siddiq, “

her first trip will be to see her grandmother


However, this Iranian-British is "


" about her new summons to justice, according to her sister-in-law, who believes that "a

few sleepless nights

" still await the family.

Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2021-03-07

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