September 27, 2020

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe faces new charge, Iran state TV says

British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is now facing a new charge, according to Iranian state TV, citing an unnamed official.

The report did not provide any further details other than to say Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe appeared in court on Tuesday morning, before a branch of the country’s Revolutionary Court in Tehran where she was first sentenced in 2017.

Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe was temporarily released on 17 March 2020, having almost served the entirety of her five-year sentence.

She has been detained in Evin prison since 3 April 2016, after she travelled to Iran with her young daughter to visit family.  

The Iranian government accused Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe of plotting to overthrow the government – claims strongly denied by Nazanin and her family.

She was working for Thomson Reuters Foundation, the news agency’s charitable arm.

The new charges come after Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s family publicly linked her imprisonment to Iran’s negotiations with the British Government over a £400m settlement held by London, a payment the late Iranian Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi made for Chieftain tanks that were never delivered.

Tehran has denied that her detention was linked to the negotiations.

It is believed that the new charges could be an attempt to gain new leverage in the negotiations.

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