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UK-Iranian Prisoner in Tehran ‘Marked for Early Release’

UK-Iranian Prisoner in Tehran ‘Marked for Early Release’

Friday, 22 December, 2017 - 06:30
Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is seen in an undated photograph handed out by her family. Ratcliffe Family Handout via REUTERS

British-Iranian citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is serving a five-year jail sentence in Tehran for her alleged participation in a protest, could be due for early release, her husband has said.

Richard Ratcliffe told AFP on Thursday that his wife had received notification from her Iranian lawyer that she was now "marked for early release.”

"I'm reasonably positive. It's not clear how good the news is, but it's definitely good news," he said.

"He (lawyer) said there's still paperwork to finalize, but it should be over soon -- days to weeks, not months or years."

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who works for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, is serving five years for taking part in mass protests in 2009, which she denies.

She was arrested at Tehran airport on April 3, 2016, after visiting relatives with her young daughter, AFP said.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson lobbied for Zaghari-Ratcliffe's release on humanitarian grounds during a trip to Iran earlier this month.

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