Toronto Star

New jail term for aid worker upheld

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An Iranian appeals court has upheld a verdict sentencing an Iranian-British aid worker long held in Tehran to another year in prison, her lawyer said Saturday. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has already served a five-year prison sentence in the Islamic Republic. Her lawyer Hojjat Kermani said the appeals court upheld a verdict issued earlier this year sentencing her to another year. The verdict additional­ly includes a one-year travel ban abroad, meaning she cannot leave Iran to join her family for nearly two years. In April, Zaghari-Ratcliffe was sentenced for allegedly spreading “propaganda against the system” when she participat­ed in a protest in front of the Iranian Embassy in London in 2009.

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