Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe released from Iranian prison for three days
- Author: Jon Douglas Aug 25, 2018,
Aug 25, 2018, 2:28
"So we call on the Iranian authorities to capitalize on the goodwill from today's announcement by going the whole way and releasing Nazanin and allowing her to go back to her family".
The temporarily release delighted her family, with husband Richard Ratcliffe telling LBC, he was "very happy" to see her again.
Ratcliffe said his wife was now with her parents and their four-year-old daughter Gabriella in Damavand, a resort near Tehran.
He said: "The Free Nazanin campaign is very pleased to confirm that Nazanin was released from Evin prison on furlough this morning".
Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was given a 5-year jail sentence in 2016 after Iranian authorities accused her of spreading propaganda.
He said: "Nazanin travelled to Damavand from Evin with her father and brother to rejoin the family holiday, and see Gabriella, her grandmother and the wider family".
Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was heavily criticized past year after he claimed Zaghari-Ratcliffe was "teaching people journalism" when she was arrested. The Free Nazanin campaign released images showing the beaming mother hugging her child and clutching a bouquet of roses.
Ratcliffe and his supporters have held multiple protests and vigils in London to seek her release, attracting celebrity support from the likes of Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson.
The campaign thanked "all those involved in making this possible in Tehran and London, and the new foreign secretary".
Hunt told reporters at United Nations headquarters in NY that she "is innocent" and "every day that she is in prison is a reminder to the whole world of a gross injustice". "But being in prison AT ALL is gross injustice and she must be PERMANENTLY released for which every effort will continue".
Britain's foreign minister Jeremy Hunt welcomed what he said on Twitter was "really good news", and said Britain would push for a permanent release.
In July, the Ratcliffe family spoke of their concerns that Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's case would be neglected because of Boris Johnson's resignation as foreign secretary.
"I didn't tell Gabriella or for a long time my mum - so if it didn't happen I would be the only one to suffer".