‘Urgent explanation’ is demanded as Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe sentenced to a another year in Iranian jail
British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been given an additional jail term in Iran.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe has already completed a five-year sentence on charges levied by Iranian authorities, the last year of which was spent under house arrest due to the pandemic.
Her lawyer Hojjat Kermani said she received the second sentence on a charge of spreading “propaganda against the system” for participating in a protest in front of the Iranian Embassy in London in 2009.
As well as the one-year jail term she has also been banned from leaving the country for a year.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe completed her first sentence in March but was returned to court later in the month where she was tried on new charges of “propaganda against Iran”.
Many people took to social media to blame Boris Johnson and the government for her imprisonment:
This poor woman has been through so much used as a pawn in a tragic game between men. Johnson has a lot to answer for, his incompetence as Foreign Secretary had a lot to do with it, with his stupid comment that she was “teaching people journalism” In Iranhttps://t.co/rGqNf31CF5
— Lucy NHS (@Mylastrollo) April 26, 2021
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe just got sentenced to another year in prison.
Boris Johnson should be forced to serve it in her stead. https://t.co/2XqUaZTq81
— Socialist Chris (@Socialist_Chris) April 26, 2021
More hell for #Nazanin – @BorisJohnson if you had a soul you’d hang your head in shame – your blithering Words as foreign secretary helped to pave the way for this as well as the last few years this poor woman abs her family have endured. https://t.co/p3XJNTP6kC
— Figgy (@IvyVic18) April 26, 2021
In a statement, her MP Tulip Siddiq, who represents Hampstead and Kilburn, said: “This is a terrible blow for Nazanin and her family, who have been hoping and praying that she would soon be free to come home.
“It is devastating to see Nazanin once against[sic] being abusively used as a bargaining chip.
“We’ve been told the Government has been working behind the scenes to secure Nazanin’s release.
“These efforts have clearly failed and we deserve an urgent explanation from minsters about what has happened.”
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