News ID: 263315
Published: 1203 GMT December 22, 2019

Iran rejects ‘conditional release’ of Iranian-British woman

Iran rejects ‘conditional release’ of Iranian-British woman

The lawyer of an Iranian-British woman convicted on spying charges in Iran said on Sunday that Tehran Prosecutor's Office has rejected her conditional release, according to IRNA.

Mahmoud Behzadi Rad said he had asked that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe be released after serving half of her sentence, a request that was immediately rejected by the Tehran Prosecutor’s Office.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who works for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was arrested by Iran’s intelligence authorities at Imam Khomeini International Airport in April 2016 as she was about to board a plane to London.

The 39-year-old mother-of-one was arrested after it became clear that she had run an illegal course to recruit and train people for the BBC Persian Television, a channel Iran deems is an extension of Britain’s anti-Iran propaganda machine.

Behzadi Rad said he had submitted a request for her conditional release. When a convict has served half his or her sentence, the person can apply for such release and courts have the power to grant it on grounds of good behavior.

“According to the law, she is entitled to apply for a conditional release,” the lawyer said.

In England, Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband, Richard Ratcliffe, has been leading a campaign to try to win his wife’s release.


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