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Two and a half years after being arrested by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in April 2016, the Iranian British dual national was released on an unexpected and temporary leave from prison on August 23, 2018.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe hugs her daughter Gabriella, in Iran.

Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her husband Richard Ratcliffe and her daughter Gabriella in an undated photograph handed out by her family.

Mr Ratcliffe said said: 'The Free Nazanin campaign is very pleased to confirm that Nazanin was released from Evin prison on furlough this morning.

The Free Nazanin campaign, which is run by Ratcliffe, tweeted a series of pictures of Zaghari-Ratcliffe embracing her 4-year-old daughter, Gabriella.

Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 39, who was arrested and jailed in 2016, accused of spreading propaganda against Tehran's hardline Islamist regime, he said.

Thomson Reuters Foundation chief executive Monique Villa said Zaghari-Ratcliffe's release was a positive sign and said she hoped it would lead to her permanent release.




On July 24, 2018, a judge had told Zaghari-Ratcliffe that she would not be permanently released until the United Kingdom paid an old debt it owes Iran.

Speaking to BBC Wales her sister-in-law, Dr Rebecca Ratcliffe, said: 'Every time there's a change in foreign secretary and anything happens in the government to destabilise things, her case just gets put to the bottom of a very long list of priorities for the foreign secretary and foreign office'. Although Johnson later corrected himself, Iranian state television highlighted his comments as justification for imprisoning her.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was not allowed to call her family and had to borrow a phone from someone outside the prison to call her brother, who lives in Tehran, to pick her up. "She should be freed once and for all and allowed to travel back to the United Kingdom with her young daughter Gabriella".

The best part of the happy surprise according to her was the chance to spend time with Gabriella after two years apart.

Hunt earlier in the day welcomed Zaghari-Ratcliffe's release on Twitter.

"Nazanin has a number of cellmates who were released initially for three days, but who are still on furlough over a month later", the campaign statement said.

He said on Friday: "Her lawyer is very confident that it will be extended".


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