Nazanin Zaghari-Rafcliffe granted three day furlough from Iran's notorious Evin prison

26 August, 2018, 17:52 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe re-united with family as she is temporarily released from prison

"I felt so overwhelmed", she said of the reunion, according to a statement released by the Free Nazanin campaign, which is run by her husband.

He said his wife had seen media coverage about her temporary release, and was pleased to see the Iranian ambassador to the United Kingdom had tweeted a picture of mother and daughter as they were reunited.

Gabriella has been staying with family since Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who works for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was detained at Imam Khomeini airport in April 2016.

The statement from her supporters quoted Zaghari-Ratcliffe as saying it would be "just awesome" for her daughter Gabriella to finally have her home.

She then called her husband and the British embassy and travelled to join the rest of her Iranian family, including her grandmother and daughter, in Damavand. She has friends in both Iran and the United Kingdom and frankly every day that she is in prison is a reminder to the whole world of a gross injustice.

Mr Ratcliffe has led a high-profile campaign to free his wife.

Mr Ratcliffe has campaigned for her release since she was jailed and met Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt earlier in August.

"This was a very happy surprise after a number of false dawns recently, which had been increasingly unsettling".

The family was travelling to a family holiday celebration outside of Tehran when they got the news that Zaghari-Ratcliffe would be released.

"It's extremely positive and we want to thank the Iranian authorities for what they're doing whilst not forgetting that she should not be in prison in the first place", he said.

The 40-year-old is now with her family in Damavand, north east of Tehran, the Free Nazanin campaign confirmed.

Johnson later travelled to Tehran to try and fix the damage, but was unsuccessful in securing her release.

So when two weeks ago she was told to make preparations, she had limited faith that this time would be different. "Nazanin is innocent. She has a 4-year-old daughter Gabriella. I'll be very clear that I'll keep campaigning until she's home".

Zaghari-Ratcliffe's lawyers will ask the authorities on Saturday to extend her furlough, it added.



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