Avoid travel to Iran, UK warns dual nationals

Avoid travel to Iran, UK warns dual nationals

London - The move comes as Britain continues to try to secure the release from jail of dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.



By AFP

Published: Sat 18 May 2019, 9:00 AM

Last updated: Sat 18 May 2019, 11:40 AM

London warned British-Iranian dual nationals against all travel to Iran on Friday (May 17) due to Tehran's "continued arbitrary detention and mistreatment" of such citizens.
The move comes as Britain continues to try to secure the release from jail of dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
Tehran has also recently sentenced an Iranian British Council employee, Aras Amiri, to 10 years in prison on charges of spying.
In a statement, the Foreign Office said British-Iranian dual nationals faced an "unacceptably higher risk of arbitrary detention and mistreatment" than nationals of other countries.
"The security forces may be suspicious of people with British connections, including those with links to institutions based in the UK, or which receive public funds from, or have perceived links to, the British government," the statement said.
British-Iranian mother Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in 2016 as she was leaving Tehran. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was put on trial and is now serving a five-year jail sentence for allegedly trying to topple the Iranian government.


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