Zaghari-Ratcliffe temporarily released from prison over coronavirus fears

“Let us hope it will be the beginning of coming home,” British-Iranian charity worker said
Wednesday 18/03/2020
Richard Ratcliffe, husband of British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe jailed in Tehran since 2016, holds his daughter Gabriella during a news conference in London, on October 11, 2019. (AFP)
Richard Ratcliffe, husband of British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe jailed in Tehran since 2016, holds his daughter Gabriella during a news conference in London, on October 11, 2019. (AFP)

LONDON – British Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been temporarily released from prison in Iran due to the coronavirus outbreak, her husband confirmed.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe is required to war an ankle tag and remain within 300m of her parents’ home in Tehran after the Iranian government released her, alongside tens of thousands of other prisoners, in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“The issue now is to make it permanent,” her husband Richard Ratcliffe said, “It is hard to relax just yet.”

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was jailed for five years in 2016 after being convicted of espionage charges, something that she and the UK government denies.

"I am relieved that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was today temporarily released into the care of her family in Iran,” said UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

“We urge the regime to ensure she receives any necessary medical care,” he added.

In a statement issued by the Free Nazanin campaign, Zaghari-Ratcliffe said she was “so happy to be out.”

In a statement released through the Free Nazanin campaign, Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe said she was “so happy to be out”.

“Even with the ankle tag, I am so happy… Being out is so much better than being in - if you knew what hell this place is. It is mental. Let us hope it will be the beginning of coming home,” she added.