Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe – Threat of new charges

October 9, 2017 at 12:06 pm / by


Tulip Siddiq MP said:

The latest charges brought against Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe are an outrage and must not be allowed to stand.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard have subjected my constituent to illegal arbitrary detention for the best part of 18 months, and the new spurious charges against her underline their callous disregard for her human rights.

These developments are particularly cruel at a time when her family had increasingly hoped that she would be granted temporary release. With the possibility of 16 years being added to her sentence, it is high time the Government intervened with tangible effect.

There is a clear pattern of Iran treating British dual nationals in this way, and the Government’s soft-ball approach to the Iranian Authorities seems to be doing little to improve their plight.

The Foreign Secretary must formally and unreservedly call for my constituent’s release, and must express his concerns at these developments with his counterpart in the Iranian Government.

Nazanin’s case is a travesty and our Government has a duty to act decisively. The family, myself and the hundreds of thousands of campaigners across the country demand nothing less at this difficult time.