New charges against Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe ‘indefensible and unacceptable’
Written by on 8 September 2020
New charges against British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in Iran are “indefensible and unacceptable”, the Foreign Office has said.
Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe appeared before a branch of Iran‘s Revolutionary Court in the country’s capital on Tuesday morning, a local TV report said, citing an unnamed official.
Her MP, Tulip Siddiq, said she is due to stand trial again on Sunday.
A Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office spokesperson said: “Iran bringing new charges against Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is indefensible and unacceptable.
“We have been consistently clear that she must not be returned to prison.”
Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was released from prison in March amid the coronavirus outbreak, but has been wearing an ankle tag that only allows her within 300m (984ft) of her parent’s home in Tehran.
She was arrested during a holiday with her young daughter Gabriella in April 2016 and accused of spying on the Iranian regime.
Her husband Richard Ratcliffe has campaigned tirelessly for her release.
Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s family suggested recently that her detention could be linked to Iran’s negotiations with the British government over a GBP400m settlement held by London – a payment the late Iranian Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi made for Chieftain tanks that were never delivered.
Tehran has denied that her imprisonment is anything to do with the negotiations.