Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe faces retrial despite ankle tag removed
Dominic Raab, the British Foreign Secretary, called on the Iranian government to end the “cruel and intolerable ordeal” endured by Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe as she faced another court case – despite removing her ankle tag on Sunday.
Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a charity worker, was jailed in Iran five years ago on espionage charges which she has always denied and has been under house arrest in Tehran since March 2020.
Her lawyer, Hojjat Kermani, said she was “in good shape and happy to be released”, but said it was not clear whether she could leave Iran and travel to London to join her. husband Richard Ratcliffe shortly.
Mr Ratcliffe said a new lawsuit against her was scheduled for next Sunday.
Mr. Raab criticized the Iranian government in a statement. “She must be released for good in order to be able to return to her family in the UK. We will continue to do all we can to achieve this, ”said the Minister of Foreign Affairs. “We have made it clear to the Iranian authorities in the strongest terms that his continued detention is unacceptable.”
Tulip Siddiq, Labor MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, said Zaghari-Ratcliffe – a former London Borough resident – could visit her elderly grandmother now that her ankle tag has been removed.
“On the one hand, they are celebrating that it has elements of freedom in terms of not having the tracker anymore,” the MP said.
But the 42-year-old dual national, who has a six-year-old daughter, has yet to receive her British passport.
“She has to go back to court and we don’t know what awaits her there,” Siddiq said. “Nazanin is quite worried because there has been talk of another case being brought against her, which of course could mean another sentence, and we don’t know how long will last.