ছবি Reuters File Photo: Ratancliffe of Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Jagari is seen in an undated photo given to him by his family. Ratcliffe Family Handout via Reuters
DUBAI (Reuters) – An appeals court in Iran has upheld a one-year prison sentence for British-Iranian aid worker Najanin Jagari’s Rat Ratcliff security offense, an Iranian news website quoted his lawyer as saying on Saturday.
“The appellate court upheld the lower court’s decision without a hearing,” Attorney Hajjat Kermani told the Emtedad website.
In April, an Iranian court sentenced Jagari-Ratcliffe to new prison terms for spreading propaganda against the Iranian regime, just one month after his five-year sentence ended. But that sentence has not yet begun.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe, with a project manager Thomson Reuters (NYSE 🙂 Foundation, was arrested at Tehran Airport in April 2011 and later convicted of plotting to overthrow the clerk.
There was no immediate word from the Iranian judiciary on the appellate court’s decision.
Jagatri’s Rat Ratcliffe’s family and foundation have denied the allegations. The foundation is a charity that operates independently of media firm Thomson Reuters and its news subsidiary Reuters.
Jagatri’s Rat Ratcliffe, who spent most of his first sentence in Tehran’s Evin prison, was released during the coronavirus epidemic in March 2020 and is under house arrest. In March 2021, he was released from house arrest but was re-summoned on new charges.
British lawmaker Tulip Siddique said she had spoken to Richard, the husband of Rat Ratcliffe, of Jagari.
In a tweet, Siddique called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to intervene, saying “Najanin has lost his last appeal and his 1-year plus 1-year travel ban remains in place. He can now be sent back to jail at any time.” .
Dozens of dual nationals and foreigners detained Iran and complicated relations between several European countries, including Germany, France and Britain, all parties to Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said in a statement that “Iran’s decision to pursue this baseless allegation against Nazanin Jagari’s Rat Ratcliffe is a grim continuation of the brutal ordeal it is going through.”
“Instead of threatening to return Nazanin to prison, Iran must release him permanently.”
The court’s decision came after hardline cleric Ibrahim Raisi was elected president after indirect talks between Iran and the United States stalled to revive the nuclear deal.
(Additional report by Dubai Newsroom Alistair Smoot and William James, edited by Frances Kerry)
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