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UK News Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Temporarily Released From Prison Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

19:25  17 march  2020
19:25  17 march  2020 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

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a smiling woman in a car: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was temporarily released from prison on Tuesday © Supplied Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was temporarily released from prison on Tuesday

A British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran since 2016 has been temporarily released from the prison she is being held in.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was released on furlough for two weeks until April 4 from the country’s notorious Evin prison in Tehran on Tuesday.

A statement from the Free Nazanin campaign run by her husband Richard Ratcliffe said: “Unfortunately, Nazanin will be exceptionally required to wear an ankle tag during the furlough, which her parents have now hired from the authorities. Nazanin’s movements will be restricted to 300m from her parents’ home.

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“This makes her release more comparable to house arrest than the standard furlough arrangement that has been granted to other prisoners in Evin this week.”

Zaghari-Ratcliffe is among thousands of prisoners temporarily released from jail by the government in Tehran because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in April 2016 at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport while on holiday and visiting her parents with her young daughter, Gabriella.

She was sentenced to five years in prison over allegations of plotting to overthrow the Tehran government, which she denies.

a woman sitting on a bench in front of a curtain: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe © Supplied Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

She has been afforded diplomatic protection by the UK government, which states that she is innocent and that her treatment by Iran failed to meet obligations under international law.

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The British government is understood to be seeking clarification from the Iran on the situation.

It is suggested that Zaghari-Ratcliffe is being held as a bargaining chip in a £400m dispute between the UK and Iran over a deal for Chieftain tanks struck in the 1970s.

The contract was terminated after the Shah of Iran was deposed in the 1979 revolution, but Iran had already paid for the tanks and demanded its money back.

There are hopes Zaghari-Ratcliffe could be released if the financial dispute can finally be settled.

a smiling woman in a car: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was temporarily released from prison on Tuesday © Supplied Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was temporarily released from prison on Tuesday

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