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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe reunited with daughter after two years

Husband Richard had blogged that 'lots has been happening' behind the scenes

23 August, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Nazanin with her daughter Gabriella in Iran

NAZANIN Zaghari-Ratcliffe – the charity worker from West Hampstead imprisoned in Iran – has been reunited with her daughter for the first time in two years.

The 38 year old has been granted a “furlough” release from the notorious Evin prison where she has been detained since April 2016.

The Free Nazanin campaign confirmed she was with her family in Damavand, in the northern mountains of Iran, and had met four-year-old daughter Gabriella in emotional scenes.

The mother and daughter have been separated since they were arrested in Tehran airport before boarding a flight home. Nazanin has always maintained she was visiting grandparents but she was convicted of plotting to overthrow the regime in what Amnesty International has said were trumped-up charges.

Several attempts to get her released have failed despite relentless campaigning by her husband and supporters in Camden who have held vigils and staged events to keep the flame of hope alive.

Richard Ratcliffe, in a blog post earlier this month, had said that “lots had been happening” behind the scenes. He added: “There have been a number of new arrivals, including some famous ones. Some women were transferred away, resulting in a long hunger strike, and time in hospital. But also there have been releases.

“Releases have a bittersweet left-behind feeling – a jealous happiness. Ex-prisoners come to Evin the following visiting day to share sweets with the families going in. Each time Gabriella asks Nazanin confused: ‘Mummy, but when is it your turn to come home?’”

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