Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe leaving Iran after lengthy prison term | News



Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anousheh Ashouri are heading to the UK, according to their lawyer and a British MP.

Two detained British-Iranians Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anousheh Ashouri are leaving Iran, according to their lawyer Hojjat Kermani and a British MP.

British lawmaker Tulip Siddiq said on Wednesday Zaghari-Ratcliffe was “at the airport in Tehran and on her way home”. Earlier Kermani said Ashouri was on his way to the airport along with Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

The development came after Tehran and London pressed on with talks about a long-standing 400-million-pound ($520m) debt.

Aid worker Zaghari-Ratcliffe has had her British passport returned, Siddiq said on Tuesday.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation was arrested at a Tehran airport in April 2016 and later convicted by an Iranian court of plotting to overthrow the clerical establishment.

Her family and the foundation, a charity that operates independently of Thomson Reuters and its news subsidiary Reuters, deny the charge.

Ashouri was sentenced to 10 years in jail in 2019 for spying for Israel’s Mossad and two years for “acquiring illegitimate wealth”, according to Iran’s judiciary.


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