For Richard Ratcliffe, his wife becomes involved in a chess match between the governments of London and Tehran. The removal of the electronic bracelet yesterday was good news, but soon to sing victory. Nazanin Zaghari, free for the first time since April 2016instead, he celebrated by going out for a coffee and visiting his elderly grandmother. While on the one hand the ordeal of the British woman arrested on charges of espionage and subversive activities in Iran and sentenced to 5 years in prison has taken a positive turn, the other family and authorities remain cautious. Only with Nazanin’s return to Great Britain can the affair be considered over.
Richard and Gabriella, the daughter who was just under two years old at the time of the arrest, are waiting for her in London with open arms; the emotional cost of separation was enormous for everyone. Nazanin, until last March, was in prison in extremely harsh conditions, so much so that he had contemplated suicide. Then she was granted the transfer to her parents’ home due to Covid but with the obligation to remain within a radius of 300 meters. If you can now move freely, your British passport has not been returned to you. New troubles are looming on the horizon. He will have to go to court on Sunday. A further hearing whose reasons are still not completely clear. Among the new charges, involvement in propaganda activities against the Islamic republic: participation in a demonstration in front of the Iranian embassy in London in 2009 and various contacts with the Bbc Persian, a broadcaster that has been banned in Iran and that despite this continues to reach about 13 million Iranians.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson considers the continued confinement of the woman completely unacceptable. She must be released permanently – she said on Twitter -, she must be allowed to return to the UK by her family. We will continue to do what we can to achieve this. In reality it was precisely the careless words of the premier, who at the time was foreign minister, that made Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s situation considerably worse. Nazanin, employee of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, who fights for freedom of the press in the world, went to Iran on a personal basis to visit her parents. Johnson, on the other hand, told a parliamentary committee that he was training journalists, claims that were used by the prosecution during the trial.
Antonio Zappulla, managing director of the foundation, in close contact with Nazanin. I heard it both yesterday and today, he said. Yesterday she was very anxious, today she was happy, very happy, she asked me to toast. I told her I will, but the game is still open. My fear that absurd and unfounded accusations will be made against her. Our foundation does not do journalistic work in Iran
March 8, 2021 (change March 8, 2021 | 10:01)