/ 28 April 2021

British aid worker gets more jail time in Iran

British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was yesterday sentenced to a further year in jail and banned from travel for another year after being found guilty of propaganda charges. Previously jailed for 5 years for spying, the latest charges relate to her participation in a protest in London 12 years ago and speaking to BBC Persia. She has consistently denied any charge of wrongdoing. UK PM Boris Johnson, who is under significant pressure over his government’s handling of the case, said he would “redouble” efforts to free her. But analysts say Iran’s hardball approach and its wrangling with the UK and others over its nuclear capabilities have seen Zaghari-Ratcliffe used as a political pawn. Overnight, her husband Richard Ratcliffe said he has not told their 6yo daughter that “mummy could be in prison for another year”. British-Australian Kylie Moore-Gilbert was released in November last year after 2 years in detention in Iran over accusations of spying. #SquizShortcuts

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