Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe held in Iran released temporarily

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe held in Iran released temporarily

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe held in Iran released temporarily

The "Free Nazanin" campaign group, run by her husband Richard Ratcliffe, welcomed the temporary release but called for her permanent freedom.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman who has been in prison in Tehran for more than two years on sedition charges, has been released for three days, her husband said Thursday.

Ratcliffe said his wife was now with her parents and their four-year-old daughter Gabriella in Damavand, a resort near Tehran.

'Initially the release is for three days - her lawyer is hopeful this can be extended.

In a statement issued by the Free Nazanin campaign, Mr Ratcliffe said his wife was given 10 minutes notice on Thursday morning that she was being released until Sunday 26 August.

Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 39, who was arrested and jailed in 2016, accused of spreading propaganda against Tehran's hardline Islamist regime, he said.

She was convicted of plotting to overthrow Iran's clerical establishment, a charge denied by her family and the Foundation, a charity organization that is independent of Thomson Reuters and operates independently of Reuters News. "Nazanin is innocent. She has a 4-year-old daughter Gabriella". Her daughter was two at the time- her passport was taken when her mother was imprisoned, and she has remained with family in Iran since.

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There has been no clear statement from Iranian authorities about why Zaghari-Ratcliffe was released, but some have speculated it could be a conciliatory gesture to mark the Islamic festival of Eid.

Iranian authorities could not immediately be reached for further comment.

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

Hunt told reporters at United Nations headquarters in NY that she "is innocent" and "every day that she is in prison is a reminder to the whole world of a gross injustice".

The campaign thanked "all those involved in making this possible in Tehran and London, and the new foreign secretary".

Others say that Jeremy Hunt's installation as new United Kingdom foreign secretary has put more diplomatic pressure on from the United Kingdom side.

The British arm of Amnesty International also celebrated her temporary release as an "amazing news".

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