British captive Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe must wait ‘another day in limbo’ as Iranian authorities delay decision on extending her release from prison amid coronavirus pandemic
- Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been temporarily released from prison in Iran as the country tries to get control of the coronavirus outbreak
- The furlough was set to end today but the authorites have not told the family whether her release will be extended
- Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport while travelling to show her infant daughter, Gabriella, to her parents in April 2016
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The British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran on sedition charges must wait another day to hear whether her furlough from prison will be extended.
At the end of last month, the husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe said her temporary leave from prison in Iran had been extended to April 18.
Richard Ratcliffe said his wife’s father had been told her temporary release from Evin prison in Tehran – granted in response to the Covid-19 pandemic – had been extended by two weeks but that was set to end today.
The family have since been left uncertain as to whether the furlough will be extended or not.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the Britsh-Iranian woman jailed in Iran, who has had her leave from prison extended by two weeks, according to her husband
Mr Ratcliffe has previously stated that his wife’s file has been put forward to the Iranian Prosecutor General to be considered for clemency.
Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport while travelling to show her young daughter, Gabriella, to her parents in April 2016.
She was sentenced to five years in prison over allegations, which she denies, of plotting to overthrow the Tehran government.
She was later afforded diplomatic protection by the UK Government, which argues that she is innocent and that her treatment by Iran failed to meet obligations under international law.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her husband Richard Ratcliffe and their daughter Gabriella
Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been living in relative isolation at her parents’ house in Tehran while the country struggled to deal with the outbreak.
She has had to wear an ankle tag during the furlough, and can only go within a 300-metre range of her parents’ home.
Responding to news that the British national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe will have to wait until tomorrow (19 April) for an update on whether her furlough is to be extended beyond this weekend, Kate Allen, Amnesty International UK’s Director, said:
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her daughter Gabriella. The British-Iranian woman has been living in relative isolation at her parents’ house in Tehran during her release from prison
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and inset, her husband, Richard Ratcliffe
‘That Nazanin and her family must wait another day in limbo for a decision is deeply disappointing.
‘There should be no question of her being sent back to Evin Prison – not in a few weeks’ time, not ever.
‘Nazanin is a prisoner of conscience, convicted after a deeply unfair trial, and she should never have been behind bars at all.
‘It is time for Nazanin to come home. We’re urging the Iranian authorities to do the right thing tomorrow and free Nazanin.’