Published: Sat, December 23, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Iran Justice Ministry Says No Decision Yet On British-Iranian Aid Worker

Iran Justice Ministry Says No Decision Yet On British-Iranian Aid Worker

A senior Iranian judiciary official has dismissed reports that a detained British-Iranian aid worker sentenced to five years in jail for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government could be released soon.

Esmaili was also quoted by Tasnim as saying that a second case had been brought against Zaghari-Ratcliffe - the first such acknowledgement from a justice ministry official.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who works for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, is serving five years for taking part in mass protests in 2009, which she denies.

Her husband Richard has now confirmed that his wife is reportedly eligible for early release after she was informed of the news by her lawyer. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has already languished in prison for more than 18 months.

On Thursday, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband Richard Ratcliffe told media in the United Kingdom that his wife's lawyer had seen a change in her status on the Iranian judiciary database and that she was eligible for early release.

"It doesn't mean to say she is going to get early release, but it's definitely a positive step that she has been marked eligible for early release".

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Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in April 2016 while travelling in Iran with her young daughter, Gabriella.

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was accused of making things worse for the British mum after he incorrectly told a Commons select committee that Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been teaching journalism in Iran on behalf of the her former employer, the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

"It feels the tide has turned". Her husband has continued to campaign for her release ever since.

He travelled to Tehran recently to lobby for Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's release and for the release of other dual nationals in prison in Iran.

The comments risked increasing Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's time behind bars, as authorities used this as justification for new charges against her of "spreading propaganda". Not even the Revolutionary Court has claimed that.

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