Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Iran sentences Anglo-Iranian charity worker to one more year in prison


“Nazanin’s lawyer was called today by the courts and informed that the appeal in his second case has failed,” the Free Nazanin campaign wrote on its official twitter account, adding that there had been no “no court hearing”.

“1 + 1 year sentence upheld by Judge Babai, court 54. No convocation date for jail at this time,” the campaign wrote.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was sentenced to a second prison term and a travel ban for spreading propaganda against the regime in late April. She was first detained at an airport in Tehran in April 2016 after vacationing to see her family with her daughter.

She was accused of working with organizations that allegedly tried to overthrow the Iranian regime and was later found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her employer, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, have repeatedly denied the espionage charges against her.

After the latest setback in his case, Zaghari-Ratcliffe asked to speak to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, hoping he will secure his release with the Iranian delegation traveling to Glasgow for COP26.

“Nazanin asked to speak with the Prime Minister – he invited the Iranian president to Glasgow next month for # COP26 – it’s time for him to sit down with the Iranians and end it,” tweeted Saturday the Free Nazanin campaign.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe obtained British diplomatic protection in 2019 and has been designated a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.

She undertook at least three hunger strikes during her detention, one of them in a desperate attempt to seek treatment for lump in her breasts and numbness in her limbs. Last February, her family said they believed they had contracted Covid-19 in Evin prison, outside Tehran.

In 2019, her supporters said she was transferred to the psychiatric ward of a hospital in Tehran and refused visits from her father.



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