Wed, 08 Dec 2021

LONDON, ENGLAND: A British-Iranian woman arrested and jailed in 2016, has had her court appeal rejected by Iranian authorities.

Aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was first detained at a Tehran airport in April 2016 during a vacation to see her family, accompanied by her daughter, on charges of working with organizations allegedly attempting to overthrow the Iranian regime. She was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison.

On its Twitter account, the Free Nazanin campaign wrote, "Nazanin's lawyer was called today by the Judiciary and informed that the appeal on her second case failed," adding that there had been "no court hearing."

The "sentence of 1+1 years was upheld by Judge Babai, Court 54. No summons date yet for prison," the tweet added.

At the end of April, Zaghari-Ratcliffe received a second jail sentence on charges of spreading propaganda against the regime.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her employer, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, have repeatedly denied the charges brought against her.

After the latest decision, she requested a conversation with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ask him to help secure her release during his meeting with the Iranian delegation traveling to Glasgow for COP26.

"Nazanin has asked to speak with the PM, who invited the Iranian President to Glasgow next month for #COP26," the campaign tweeted on Saturday.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was given British diplomatic protection in 2019 and has been designated a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, has gone on three hunger strikes during her detention.

In February, her family said she believed she had contracted COVID-19 in Evin Prison outside Tehran.

In 2019, her supporters said she was transferred to the mental ward of a hospital in Tehran and was denied visits from her father.

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