Ground Report | New Delhi: Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe is heading to an airport to leave Iran with another British detainee, Anousheh Ashouri, according to his lawyer. It comes a day after it was announced that the British-Iranian mother had had her passport returned.
The charity worker has been detained in Iran since her arrest six years ago, on charges she has always denied. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman who had been detained by Iran since 2016, was released on Wednesday, her lawyer said.
Early Wednesday afternoon local time, Zaghari-Ratcliffe was on her way to Tehran airport to leave the country, Hojjat Kermani told the Reuters news agency. Anousheh Ashouri, another British-Iranian dual national who had been detained in Iran since at least 2019, was also released and was leaving the country, Kermani said.
Tulip Siddiq, a member of parliament for the Zaghari-Ratcliffe constituency, confirmed the news of the launch, tweeting: “Nazanin is at Tehran airport and on his way home. I entered politics to make a difference, and right now.” I feel like she did.”
Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in Iran in 2016 and accused of being a spy. She, her family and the British government have repeatedly denied the allegations. An Iranian court convicted her of espionage, training of journalists and plotting to overthrow Iran’s clerical establishment.
Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe spent five years in jail in Iran after being detained at Tehran airport in April 2016. The project manager for the Thomson Reuters Foundation was later convicted of plotting to overthrow Iran’s government, a charge her mother and her rights groups deny. He had been under house arrest and unable to leave the country since her release.
She was denied permission to seek medical attention, although she described finding lumps in her breast and being in a fragile mental state. According to reports of her, she also experienced neck pain and numbness in her limbs.
A spokesman for the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office declined to comment on the reports, but said she would receive further information. Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband, Richard Ratcliffe, and the British government had been calling for her release for nearly six years.