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UK NewsIranians imprison two more British women in same Tehran jail as Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

12:00  11 september  2019
12:00  11 september  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Two joint British -Australian citizens have reportedly been detained in Iran . A British -Australian blogger and her Australian boyfriend were arrested 10 The two women are reportedly locked up in Tehran ’s notorious Evin prison, where 41-year-old Nazanin Zaghari - Ratcliffe , a British - Iranian mother of one

Nazanin Zaghari - Ratcliffe (Persian: نازنین زاغری رتکلیف‎; born 26 December 1978) is a British - Iranian dual citizen who has been detained in Iran since 3 April 2016.

Iranian authorities have arrested two female British dual nationals along with one of the women's Australian boyfriend and moved them into a notorious jail in Tehran, according to reports.

The women have been incarcerated in the same jail where Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 41, a British-Iranian mother, has been held since 2016 over accusations of spying.

One works as a university lecturer in Australia and previously studied at Cambridge University.

The other is a blogger who was travelling in Asia with her Australian boyfriend.

Iranians imprison two more British women in same Tehran jail as Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The women have been incarcerated in the Evin prison in Tehran, pictured, where Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 41, a British-Iranian mother, has been held since 2016 over accusations of spying

They were taken to Evin jail in the capital Tehran after being arrested in separate incidents, The Times said.

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Nazanin Zaghari - Ratcliffe , a British - Iranian woman imprisoned in Tehran since 2016 on spying charges, has been temporarily released, the Free Nazanin campaign said in a statement Thursday.

The women are thought to be the first British passport holders without Iranian nationality to have been jailed in the country for several years.

The arrests come amid heightened tensions between Iran and Britain. Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, summoned Tehran's ambassador to London for talks yesterday over an Iranian oil tanker seized in Gibraltar.

Mr Raab said EU sanctions have been breached by the transfer of the oil to Syria.

The blogger has been detained in a ward for female political prisoners where Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, is currently held.

Iranians imprison two more British women in same Tehran jail as Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The blogger has been detained in a ward for female political prisoners where Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe (pictured), is currently held

She and her boyfriend were arrested about ten weeks ago as they travelled in Iran during a trip they had been blogging on social media.

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The country’s supreme court upheld the conviction of Nazanin Zaghari - Ratcliffe , who has been held on national security charges for over a year.

Nazanin Zaghari - Ratcliffe has not been granted an extension to her temporary release from imprisonment in Iran , her husband has said. Richard Ratcliffe said his wife’s lawyer was attempting to get her three-day release from Evin prison on furlough increased to a longer period on Sunday.

They started their journey in Australia about three years ago and followers of their accounts have posted concerns about their recent silence.

A source told newspaper that Iranian authorities told the woman she was being held in a bid to orchestrate a prisoner swap with Australia.

The same source said the lecturer is in solitary confinement after she was sentenced to ten years in prison for an unknown offence. The sentence is common for foreign nationals charged with espionage.

Tulip Siddiq, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's Labour MP, told The Times: 'This terrible news shows a clear escalation of Iran's hostage diplomacy.

Iranians imprison two more British women in same Tehran jail as Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mr Ratcliffe, pictured outside the Iranian embassy in London in June, said Iran must be made to understand that 'hostage diplomacy is not OK'

'Soft diplomatic responses to Iran's illegal and inhumane treatment of British prisoners have been a failure.'

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British - Iranian woman jailed in Tehran has not been granted extension to three-day release.

POLITICAL prisoners in the Iranian jail where British mother Nazanin Zaghari - Ratcliffe is being held are dying Nazanin Zaghari - Ratcliffe was due to be released on medical furlough (Image: Family Nazanin was due to be released on medical furlough from Tehran ’s notorious Evin prison but, despite

Richard Ratcliffe, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband, told the paper: 'I complained to the foreign secretary last week that we'd been seeing an escalation from Iran in recent months, even since our hunger strike, publicly taking Nazanin to hospital in chains and restricting her visits and calls, new big sentences announced for other innocent people, and more British citizens being taken, even non-Iranian.'

He said Iran must be made to understand 'hostage diplomacy is not OK' and the UK Government 'cannot keep sitting quietly by while ordinary people are being taken as bargaining chips'.

The Foreign Office declined to comment.

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