Detained Iranian British woman now accused of 'spreading propaganda'

  • Detained Iranian British woman now accused of 'spreading propaganda'

Detained Iranian British woman now accused of 'spreading propaganda'

A British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran after being found guilty of spying has been told that she should expect to be convicted on a revived charge of spreading propaganda against the regime, her husband said yesterday.

"I have been a good prisoner for the sake of my baby" she told the judge, "and I would ask the judge to close this new case and give me parole - so that I can go home and have another baby and have a normal life".

However, she has been allowed for the first time to speak to the British ambassador by...

However, by December, the case appeared to have been stopped when the United Kingdom foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, visited Tehran and authorities later said the new trial had been cancelled.

She also asked that the United Kingdom government file a formal diplomatic note protesting against the new charge against her, the Free Nazanin Campaign statement said.

There are hopes she may be released - for a short time - so that she can see her daughter Gabriella on her fourth birthday.

Last week, Mr Ratcliffe said he feared his wife would be taken back to court on a resurrected charge of spreading propaganda against the regime.

Mr Ratcliffe, who met Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in March, said he had been "quite cross and vocal" with United Kingdom authorities at points during her long-running case, and was hoping to meet senior officials at the Foreign Office later this week.

Why is Zaghari-Ratcliffe being held?

Zaghari-Ratcliffe's high-profile case has become intertwined with Johnson's political career since he made an erroneous statement previous year, which appeared to complicate her legal situation.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who works for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, is serving a five-year prison sentence for allegedly planning the "soft toppling" of Iran's government while traveling with her young daughter.

According to a press statement issued by the Free Nazanin campaign group, she appeared in court without her lawyer present. The couple's child, Gabriella, is staying with Ms. Zaghari-Ratcliffe's parents in Tehran and is not allowed to leave the country. "I didn't have a panic attack this time, but still it is so hard".

'After the news of a new court case again, yesterday was one of those days.

Mr Ratcliffe said: 'The UK needs to do better by British Iranians - at the moment it is failing to protect them.

'UK policy is not making it safe for British citizens.

Last week, Prime Minister Theresa May made a fresh appeal for Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe and other dual United Kingdom nationals in a phone call with counterpart Hassan Rouhani.

"We are grateful to the prison authorities for finally allowing this contact", Mr. Ratcliffe said.