Iran hands English Iranian cause laborer Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe another prison sentence

 An Iranian court has given English Iranian foundation laborer Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe another one-year prison sentence and travel prohibition on 

charges of spreading publicity against the system, her significant other said on Monday. 

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was first kept at a Tehran air terminal in April 2016 after an excursion to see her family with her little girl. She was blamed for working with associations purportedly endeavoring to topple the Iranian system and was subsequently indicted and condemned to five years in prison.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her employer, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, have repeatedly denied the espionage charges against her. The case has sparked a dispute between Britain and Iran.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters he doesn't "think it's right at all that Nazanin should be sentenced to any more time in jail."

"I think it's wrong that she's there in the first place," he continued, before adding that the UK government would "redouble our efforts, and we are working with our American friends on this issue as well."

Johnson later tweeted: "Iran's decision to sentence Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to another year in prison is cruel, inhumane and wholly unjustified."

British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has her ankle monitor removed but faces new court date

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Twitter called the latest sentence "totally inhumane and wholly unjustified."

"We continue to call on Iran to release Nazanin immediately so she can return to her family in the UK. We continue to do all we can to support her," he added.

Her legal representative in the UK, REDRESS, has said it is not clear whether Zaghari-Ratcliffe will be returned to prison or house arrest with an ankle tag.

UK lawmaker Tulip Siddiq, who represents the constituency where the family live in Britain, called the new jail term "absolutely devastating" in a post on Twitter. She said that it was "shocking that her husband was only just notified" and added that the latest charges were "another abusive use of her as a bargaining chip."

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was given British diplomatic protection in 2019 and has been designated a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.

She has undertaken at least three hunger strikes during her detention, one of them in a desperate bid to seek medical treatment for lumps in her breasts and numbness in her limbs. Last February, her family said she believed she had contracted Covid-19 in Evin Prison outside Tehran.

In 2019, her supporters said she was transferred to mental ward of a hospital in Tehran and was being denied visits from her father.


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