Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe hit with NEW spying charge as Iran crushes Brit mum's hopes to come home
BRIT mum Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is facing a new charge according to unconfirmed reports.
Iran's state TV, citing an unnamed official, announced on Tuesday the British-Iranian dual national is facing a new charge, possibly relating to espionage according to iribnews.ir.
Iranian TV said Zaghari-Ratcliffe has appeared before a branch of the country's Revolutionary Court in Tehran, where she was first sentenced in 2017. It said she appeared in court on Tuesday morning.
A source said she attended Branch 15 of the Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal "and was notified of the indictment of the new case," which her lawyer has taken on and will address before the Revolutionary Court.
The charity worker has been caged in the city since 2016 on trumped-up spying charges.
She was set to be released in 2017, but Iran failed to release her following "diplomatic complications".
However she was allowed out of prison temporarily during the coronavirus pandemic, but had been ordered to wearing an ankle tag that didn't allow her more than 300m from her parents home in Tehran.
Speaking after her release, the Brit mum said: “I am so happy to be out. Even with the ankle tag, I am so happy.
“Being out is so much better than being in – if you knew what hell this place is. It is mental.
“Let us hope it will be the beginning of coming home.”
She was arrested in Tehran's Imam Khomeini airport on April 3, 2016, and accused of plotting to topple the regime.
Nazanin was stopped from returning home to Britain after visiting family with her daughter Gabriella, now four, and thrown into prison, where she spent months in solitary confinement.
Her family says Iran’s Revolutionary Guard tried to get her to confess on camera that she trained and recruited spies – a charge she denied.
She had hoped her coronavirus release could signal the start of her journey home, but that seems unlikely with new charges possibly looming.
At the time of her temporary release, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: "I am relieved that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was today temporarily released into the care of her family in Iran.
"We urge the regime to ensure she receives any necessary medical care.
"While this is a welcome step, we urge the government now to release all UK dual nationals arbitrarily detained in Iran, and enable them to return to their families in the UK."
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