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Zaghari-Ratcliff gets new sentence in Iran

Thomson Reuters staffer gets new jail sentence in Iran

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, project manager at Thomson Reuters Foundation, has again been sentenced to jail by an Iranian court. Her lawyer Hojjat Kermani told website Emtedad that she has been sentenced to a one-year jail term and is banned from leaving Iran, Reuters reports. She was recently released from house arrest after having served a five-year sentence for plotting against the government, which she denies, but immediately taken to court again to face new charges.

“Nazanin Zaghari was sentenced to one year in prison and a one-year ban from leaving the country on charges of propaganda against the Islamic Republic,” the lawyer told the website.

Kermani said he would appeal the new sentence within 21 days under Iranian law.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, is a project manager with the charity Thomson Reuters Foundation. She was arrested at a Tehran airport in April 2016 and later convicted of plotting to overthrow the government. She and also Thomson Reuters Foundation have denied the accusation.

She has an Iranian background but is also a British citizen. She had gone to Iran together with her infant daughter to visit her parents. She was arrested at the airport when she her daughter were on their way home to London after a two week visit. The daughter stayed for long time with the grandparents in Iran but the girl was later allowed to leave the country and live wither her father Richard Ratcliffe who has campaigned for his wife´s release.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe has served most of her sentence in Tehran’s Evin prison but was released a year ago because of the coronavirus pandemic and kept under house arrest. Her movements were restricted and she was barred from leaving the country.

Authorities removed her ankle tag on March 7, the day when her prison sentence came to an end.


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