Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Daughter of Briton jailed in Iran back in UK

  • Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Daughter of Briton jailed in Iran back in UK

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Daughter of Briton jailed in Iran back in UK

The 5-year-outdated daughter of a British-Iranian lady jailed in Iran has returned house to the United Kingdom after bigger than three years residing in the Heart East.

"It's a very happy day", Richard Ratcliffe told a press conference as he cuddled five-year-old Gabriella on his lap.

The mother-of-one is detained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard at Imam Khomeini airport after a holiday visit to Iran where she showed her daughter Gabriella to her parents. "Britain should also solve its long-running debt issue with Iran", she said.

The little girl's visits to Evin prison had been "an important lifeline".

'It will be a daunting trip for her travelling, and for me left behind'.

Last month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for the release of Mrs. Zaghari-Ratcliffe during a meeting with Iran's president.

"We have been caught in the middle of a government fight", he said, adding: "Their failure to solve it has had a huge human cost on our family".

Here is a timeline of the key events since Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested and sentenced to five years in prison after being accused of spying.

The family's MP Tulip Siddiq said: "Richard and Nazanin have made a decision that no family should have to make."It is heart-warming to see Gabriella reunited with her father after 1,300 days in Iran, but heart-breaking that she is separated from her mother Nazanin".

The comments were later used during a trial by Iranian authorities against Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

She added: "It must also be hard for the grandparents who have looked after Gabriella for all of this time".

- January 2 2017 - Mr Ratcliffe says Mrs May and her ministers could have "publicly stood up for Nazanin more" and should have called for her release. I am delighted to welcome the newest member of my constituency to London. "He has a chance".

Amnesty has designated Zaghari-Ratcliffe a prisoner of conscience targeted exclusively for the peaceful exercise of her rights to freedom of expression and association, and has repeatedly called on the Iranian authorities to release her immediately and unconditionally.

"It's bittersweet. It's always great when one of your mates gets out".

Wearing light pink slides in her hair and sporting dark pink glasses, Gabriella spent most of the press conference first slicing and then eating a homecoming cake. "There is a language problem", Ratcliffe said, but said they were able to understand each other.

"We have requested to meet and will again now Gabriella is back, and not had an answer yet. I think in a way she has the spirit of the Ratcliffes, she is calm like her father - and it made me feel for more optimistic for her, seeing her skipping and dancing".

"She's been very courageous".

"It will be lovely to have her back. and then also we will be tired of the fallout for Nazanin", he said, noting that Gabriella had been his wife's "lifeline and that lifeline will have been taken away".