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Briton in fresh appeal to Iran over jailed wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

The husband of a woman jailed in Iran has made a renewed appeal for her release ahead of her 40th birthday today.
The husband of a woman jailed in Iran has made a renewed appeal for her release ahead of her 40th birthday today.

The husband of a woman jailed in Iran has made a renewed appeal for her release ahead of her 40th birthday today.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian mother who works for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was arrested at Tehran's Imam Khomeini Airport in April 2016.

The charity worker, of Hampstead in north London, was later sentenced to five years in jail after being accused of spying, a charge she vehemently denies.

Her husband Richard Ratcliffe and London Mayor Sadiq Khan have called her incarceration a "travesty of justice".

In a statement the pair said: "Nazanin has been wrongly detained in an Iranian prison for over two years. She has done nothing wrong, has broken no laws. The charges against her are completely false.

"She is innocent and should not be kept in prison, separated for so long from her family and her young daughter.

"While she's imprisoned Nazanin continues to suffer both physically and mentally.

"We - and indeed the whole country - know what a travesty of justice it is that Nazanin continues to be detained.

"Her case, and also those of other dual-nationality prisoners being wrongly held in Iran, have rightly attracted global interest and deep concern.

"As Nazanin turns 40 on Boxing Day we are calling on the Iranian authorities to release her at once so she can return home and be reunited with her family."

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