Published On: Sat, Mar 28th, 2020

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe latest: British-Iran considered for clemency | World | News

Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe has said she has had a temporary release extended to April 18 – she is currently in relative isolation at her parents’ home. Sky News reports her father was notified her file has been put forward to the prosecutor general for consideration for clemency. Former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who held the brief during part of Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s incarceration tweeted the news was a “glimmer of hope amidst the darkness”.

He added: “Let’s pray that this remarkable family are reunited soon.”


Shadow Early Years Minister Tulip Siddiq, the MP for the Hampstead & Kilburn constituency in which the family live said: “Every extra day Nazanin is out of jail is better than the alternative – but we must not lose focus on getting her home and away from the danger of coronavirus in Iran as soon as possible.”

The family also have a Facebook page to campaign for her release, wrote it was “a step in the right direction – let’s hope it’s the first step home”.

In 2016, Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe travelled to Iran with her then 22-month-old daughter Gabriella for Nowruz, Iranian New Year celebrations.

Upon attempting to return, she was arrested.

At the time, she was working with the Thomson Reuters Foundation as a project manager and has previously worked for the BBC World Service Trust.

Tehran sentenced her to five years in prison in September 2016, accusing her of plotting against the regime.

Government officials have accused of training journalists to spread propaganda against Iran.

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The number of confirmed cases is nearing 30,000.

A government spokesman Ali Rabiei, said in a televised briefing: “Unfortunately some Iranians have ignored advice from health ministry officials and travelled during the new year holidays.

“This could cause a second wave of the coronavirus.

“We shall tighten our regulations if people do not obey new regulations.

Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian President, confirmed said the government might close parks on April 1.

This coincides with the Sizdah Bedar nature festivals.

Iranians traditionally celebrate by attending picnics.

Mr Rouhani explained: “People have to realise that these are difficult decisions that are being taken to protect people’s lives.

“But we have no choice, because the lives of Iranians are important to us.B

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