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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Foreign Secretary statement

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Foreign Secretary statement”

A British-Iranian woman held in an Iranian prison for five years on widely refuted spying charges ended her sentence on Sunday, her lawyer said, although she faces a new trial and can not yet return home to London.

But he said the prospect of a second court case was a "dark cloud over her head", six months after she was told of a new indictment. At the time, she was working for Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of the news agency.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab tweeted: "We welcome the removal of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's ankle tag, but Iran's continued treatment of her is intolerable".

"She must be allowed to return to the United Kingdom as soon as possible to be reunited with her family". We will continue to do all we can to achieve this.

But she said it was unclear whether the Iranian authorities would return her passport or whether she could be subject to further detention.

A British woman detained in Iran for almost five years has had her ankle tag removed but still has to appear before an Iranian court, according to her constituency MP.

"We don't know how to interpret being summoned".

But for now, she and her family are in a holding pattern.

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He said he spoke to his wife on Monday morning and explained that she had been able to see her sister and grandmother and visit the family of another British citizen being held in Iran. Her sister-in-law Rebecca said she was "quite upbeat, quite pleased" and "very relieved" to be free from electronic monitoring.

"She's in that sense counting down and I think probably still at this point treating it like an advent calendar, so the days will come off and then the magic delivery will happen".

She is due to appear in court on March 14, the lawyer added.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was released from jail March.

"At the centre of this is an innocent woman, her husband and her daughter", he told the BBC, adding that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe should be allowed to return home to the UK.

Kate Allen, director at Amnesty International UK, said the news that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's ankle tag had been removed was "bittersweet" and "yet another example of the calculated cruelty of the Iranian authorities".

The project manager at the Thomson Reuters charity was allowed to leave prison past year due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak in Iran.

However, the regime accused her of taking action with potential Iranian journalists, and a statement by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that she was "just doing her job as a journalist" only reinforced the Iranian allegations - Johnson later said he was wrong and she is only on vacation in the country.

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