Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Boris Johnson must intervene to free British-Iranian woman from jail

The Liberal Democrats have called on Boris Johnson to intervene in the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman who faces an additional 16 years in prison in Iran.

The charity worker was arrested at Tehran Airport in April 2016 while visiting family in Iran with her daughter, and was sentenced to 5 years in prison for allegedly plotting to topple the government in Tehran. She is reportedly now facing new charges that carry a sentence of an additional 16 years of imprisonment.

Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader and Shadow Foreign Secretary Jo Swinson commented:

“Liberal Democrats condemn in the strongest terms what is only the latest abuse of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe by the Iranian authorities.

“The Foreign Secretary must condemn these latest charges and increase pressure on the Iranian authorities to release Nazanin immediately.

“It is deeply disturbing that major trade deals are continuing despite the abuse of British citizens in Iran.

"The UK government must not allow economics to stifle their ability to speak out against the farcical unfairness of the Iranian judicial system.”

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