|British-Iranian mum Nazanin
was brought in front of a parole judge in Iran this week. After
spending over two years in prison for allegedly trying to
overthrow the Government, she was told that she won’t be released
until the UK pays a £400m debt owed to Iran since the 70s.
Her husband Richard has been campaigning for her release and
is calling on the UK Government to save Nazanin from being treated like
a political pawn and urgently bring her back home.
My wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 37
year old charity worker, was on holiday visiting her family in Iran. She
was at the airport returning to the UK on the 3rd April when she was
detained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. She has been transferred to
an unknown location in Kerman Province, 1,000 kilometres south of
Tehran, and is being held in solitary confinement.
Gabriella Ratcliffe our 22 month old daughter (who has British
citizenship only) has had her British passport confiscated, and is
stranded in Iran with her grandparents.
Nazanin has not been allowed to access a lawyer or her daughter. She
has not been able to call out of the country to speak to me, her British
husband, and the Red Cross have not been able to make contact.
There have been no charges. Nazanin has informed her family that
she has been required to sign a confession under duress, its content
unknown. Her family have been informed that the investigation relates to
an issue of ‘national security’.
It is hard to understand how a young mother and her small child on
holiday could be considered an issue of national security. She has
been to Iran to visit her family regularly since making Britain her
Nazanin currently works as a project manager for the Thomson-Reuters
Foundation; which delivers charitable projects around the world. It does
not work in Iran.
Nazanin has now been in solitary confinement for over 30 days.
Please help bring my wife and daughter home by signing my petition
calling on our Prime Minister Theresa May to use her power and
Ratcliffe, 42, was born in Aldershot and went to school in Farnham and
Salesian College in Farnborough. He
has spent most of his life living in Fleet.