Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe sentenced to a year in Iran prison


Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been sentenced to a further year in prison and a one-year travel ban after being found guilty of propaganda against the regime in Iran.


Her lawyer, Hojjat Kermani, said an appeal was being lodged on the basis that the charges had been laid out of time. The foreign secretary Dominic Raab said the sentence was inhumane and added that he would redouble his efforts to secure her release.

The British-Iranian charity worker was first jailed in Tehran in 2016.


Zaghari-Ratcliffe has already spent five years in jail, including many months in solitary confinement, on separate spying charges.


She has always denied the spying charges levelled against her.


Confirming the latest sentence, her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, said the court's decision was a bad sign and "clearly a negotiating tactic" by the Iranian authorities - who are in the middle of discussions over the country's nuclear activities.


Prime minister Boris Johnson said the UK would "redouble" efforts to free her.


"I don't think it is right at all that Nazanin should be sentenced to any more time in jail."


Ratcliffe described his wife as calm but jittery. He said he had not yet spoken to Gabriella, who is now back with him in London, about the implications of the news in detail, but she was aware of a development in her mother’s situation.


He also revealed that the Foreign Office had told him on Friday that it had not raised a dossier on her torture and mental condition with the Iranians for fear of offending them. He says he warned the Foreign Office last September that unless it took a harder line, her release was likely to be delayed until 2023.


Mr Ratcliffe maintains his wife was imprisoned as leverage for a debt owed by the UK over its failure to deliver tanks to Iran in 1979.


The UK, France and Germany are in talks, being held in Vienna, alongside the US, Russia and China to negotiate a way for the US and Iran to return to full compliance with the nuclear deal signed by Iran in 2015.


Ratcliffe said it was not clear if the Americans and Europeans viewed the release of dual nationals as a hoped-for byproduct of the Vienna talks, alongside the lifting of sanctions, or were instead prepared to make it an explicit demand.

The UK, France and Germany are in talks, being held in Vienna, alongside the US, Russia and China to negotiate a way for the US and Iran to return to full compliance with the nuclear deal signed by Iran in 2015.


Ratcliffe said it was not clear if the Americans and Europeans viewed the release of dual nationals as a hoped-for byproduct of the Vienna talks, alongside the lifting of sanctions, or were instead prepared to make it an explicit demand.


Labour MP Tulip Siddiq, who represents the family's north London constituency, said they had been "hoping and praying" she would soon be free but instead she was "being abusively used as a bargaining chip".


Ms Siddiq said the UK government's behind-the-scenes efforts to secure her release had "clearly failed", saying, "We deserve an urgent explanation from ministers about what has happened."


Labour MP Tulip Siddiq, who represents the family's north London constituency, said they had been "hoping and praying" she would soon be free but instead she was "being abusively used as a bargaining chip".


Ms Siddiq said the UK government's behind-the-scenes efforts to secure her release had "clearly failed", saying, "We deserve an urgent explanation from ministers about what has happened."

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