UK-Iranian woman held since 2016 ‘on way home’, leaving Iran: MP

Her British passport was returned to her on Tuesday.


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Published: Wed 16 Mar 2022, 2:11 PM

Last updated: Wed 16 Mar 2022, 2:38 PM

A British lawmaker said Wednesday that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been detained in Iran for nearly six years, is on her way to Tehran’s airport to leave the country.

Lawmaker Tulip Siddiq announced the development on Twitter. Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been detained in Iran for almost six years, but was given back her British passport over the weekend.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had confirmed earlier Wednesday that a negotiating team was at work in Tehran to free Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who holds dual UK-Iranian citizenship. Johnson’s comments were made on a visit to the Middle East.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe served five years in prison after being taken into custody at Tehran’s airport in April 2016. She was later convicted of plotting the overthrow of Iran’s government, a charge that she, her supporters and rights groups deny.

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