Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s “unfair treatment” ended and he returned to the UK today, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Twitter.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe MP Tulip Siddiq posted a photo of himself on a plane saying he was returning home.
“It’s been 6 long years – and I can’t believe I can finally share this picture,” Siddiq wrote. “Nazanin is in the air flying from 6 years of Hell in Iran.”
UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said in a tweet that Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her British counterpart Anoosheh Ashoori would “join their families later today.”
Press TV said Iran’s governor had handed over Zaghari-Ratcliffe to the UK government, without giving further details. The country’s semi-official Fars news agency said it would be moved to Tehran’s international airport, Imam Khomenei, with a British conference.
On Wednesday, Hojjat Kermani, Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s lawyer, told CNN he did not want to comment on the latest details at this time.
He previously told Reuters that Zaghari-Ratcliffe and a British-Iranian detainee, Anousheh Ashouri, “were going to the airport in Tehran to leave Iran.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was “delighted” with Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release from “wrongful imprisonment” in a statement on Wednesday.
“Nazanin and his loved ones have shown courage, strength and resilience during the most difficult time, and I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard for his release,” Khan said. . “London is looking forward to welcoming him home.”
On Wednesday, an advocacy group for the release of Zaghari-Ratcliffe thanked Siddiq, a member of the club’s family, for his work on the case.
“You’ve made a difference @TulipSiddiq! Thank you for the amazing support you’ve given #FreeNazanin over the past 6 years,” the group wrote on Twitter.
The husband was hungry
Zaghari-Ratcliffe was first detained on a Tehran plane in April 2016 after a vacation to see her family and her daughter.
He was accused of collaborating with groups allegedly trying to overthrow the Iranian government and was later sentenced and sentenced to five years in prison.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her co-founder, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, have repeatedly denied espionage allegations against her.
In April 2021 he was given a second prison sentence and a travel ban for spreading anti -government propaganda, and his case was lost in October.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe was granted British diplomatic protection in 2019 and was named a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.
He went on three starvation events during his detention, one of them desperate to seek treatment for bruises on his chest and pain in his limbs.
Her husband Richard Ratcliffe also worked on the hunger strike in solidarity with his wife.
His daughter Gabriella, who was only 22 months old when her mother was arrested, was almost eight.
In 2019, Zaghari-Ratcliffe supporters said she was transferred to the psychiatric ward of a hospital in Tehran and was denied a visit from her father.
In February 2020, Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s family said they believed he had detained Covid-19 at Evin prison outside Tehran.
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