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Husband wants answers on UK-Iranian jailed in Tehran

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LONDON: The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman jailed in Tehran, on Saturday demanded urgent updates from the Foreign Office in London about what was holding up her return to the UK.

Richard Ratcliffe, who took part in a small gathering outside the Foreign Office, said there had been positive signs from the Iranian authoritie­s but the family did not know when she might be coming home.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a BritishIra­nian dual national who works for the Thomson Reuters Foundation – the media organisati­on’s philanthro­pic arm – was arrested at Tehran airport in April 2016. She is serving a five-year jail sentence for alleged sedition – charges she has always denied.

“We’ve been getting better messages from the Iranian side, from the judiciary and the prosecutor’s office in Iran,” Richard Ratcliffe told Sky News television.

“This week the head of prison said, ‘Oh yes, I’ve approved her release, I approved it a number of months ago’. So there’s been clearly things to hold on to, hopefully.

“Part of the aspiration of today’s message to the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is I would like to meet to ask what’s the blockage? What’s going on?”

The Foreign Office did not comment on Ratcliffe’s reported updates. — AFP

 ??  ?? Stones and placards with messages are placed on the pavement outside the Foreign and Commonweal­th Office during a demonstrat­ion to demand the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in London. — Reuters photo
Stones and placards with messages are placed on the pavement outside the Foreign and Commonweal­th Office during a demonstrat­ion to demand the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in London. — Reuters photo

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