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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe released from prison for two weeks

West Hampstead charity worker among thousands of prisoners reunited with their families

17 March, 2020 — By Tom Foot

Reunited with her daughter during her last temporary release in August 2018 

NAZANIN Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been released from prison for two weeks to spend time with her family.

The West Hampstead mother was convicted of spying charges after being arrested in Iran in 2016.

She has protested her innocence and her husband has campaigned tirelessly for her permanent release.

Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq tweeted: “Some good news in the darkness of coronavirus – my constituent Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been released from prison for two weeks. I’m both pleased and relieved that she’ll be with family rather than in jail at this time of terrible chaos and uncertainty in Iran.”

Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe was last released from prison temporarily in August 2018, when she was allowed to spend time with her family in Damavand, in the northern mountains of Iran. She was reunited with her four-year-old daughter Gabriella for the first time since they were separated when she was arrested at an airport in Tehran.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “I am relieved Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe was today temporarily released into the care of her family.”


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