After allowing a dual British-Iranian citizen a furlough from jail to reunite with her four-year-old daughter, the Iranian regime ordered her back to jail after three days, CNN reported Sunday.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was separated from her toddler daughter Gabriella, and arrested in April 2016, while preparing to depart from Tehran’s international airport. She had been in Iran visiting her family.
Ratcliffe voluntarily returned to jail on Sunday so that her daughter would not have to see her “dragged out of bed in the middle of the night,” according to a statement released by Richard Ratcliffe, her husband.
Reuters reported last November that Iran has arrested at least 30 dual-nationals since the nuclear deal was agreed to in 2015, including Ratcliffe.
She had been sentenced to five years in jail for allegedly working to overthrow the Iranian regime, and Gabriella given to the care of Ratcliffe’s parents while her mother is imprisoned. The regime has said that Ratcliffe will face a new trial for further security-related offenses.
Iran had told Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s family in July 2016 to “make an arrangement” to get her released before trial, for some sort of “exchange.” Ratcliffe’s ordeal helped prompt the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office to upgrade its warning to citizens not to visit Iran out of concern that they could be “arbitrarily detained.”
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