December 5, 2021

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe under consideration for clemency

<div><p>British-Iranian dual national has had her temporary release from prison extended because of the coronavirus outbreak</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/series/coronavirus-live/latest">Coronavirus – latest updates</a></li><li><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/coronavirus-outbreak">See all our coronavirus coverage</a></li></ul><p>Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian dual national on temporary release from a five-year jail sentence, is for the first time under formal consideration for clemency, her family has been told. A decision will be made by the highest level of Iran’s multi-layered government. There is no guarantee that clemency will be granted, or that she will be allowed to return to the UK.</p><p>Zaghari-Ratcliffe, seen by some as a bargaining chip in the wider diplomatic dispute between the UK and Iran, was given a temporary fortnight’s release from Evin prison, Tehran, on 17 March along with<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/19/iran-to-pardon-10000-including-security-prisoners"> 85,000 other prisoners at risk from the coronavirus outbreak.</a> She has been allowed to stay at her parents’ house in Tehran but made to wear an ankle brace that keeps her within 300 metres of her parents’ home.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/21/end-us-sanctions-iran-fight-coronavirus-pandemic">End US sanctions against Iran so that we can fight coronavirus with all our might | Azadeh Moaveni and Sussan Tahmasebi</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/news/2020/mar/29/nazanin-zaghari-ratcliffe-under-consideration-for-clemency">Continue reading...</a></div>

British-Iranian dual national has had her temporary release from prison extended because of the coronavirus outbreak

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian dual national on temporary release from a five-year jail sentence, is for the first time under formal consideration for clemency, her family has been told. A decision will be made by the highest level of Iran’s multi-layered government. There is no guarantee that clemency will be granted, or that she will be allowed to return to the UK.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, seen by some as a bargaining chip in the wider diplomatic dispute between the UK and Iran, was given a temporary fortnight’s release from Evin prison, Tehran, on 17 March along with 85,000 other prisoners at risk from the coronavirus outbreak. She has been allowed to stay at her parents’ house in Tehran but made to wear an ankle brace that keeps her within 300 metres of her parents’ home.

Related: End US sanctions against Iran so that we can fight coronavirus with all our might | Azadeh Moaveni and Sussan Tahmasebi

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