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Nazanin's Iran prison leave extended by a month

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's temporary release from prison in Iran has been extended for one month.

Her scheduled return to prison has been pushed back again until 20 May, according to her husband Richard Ratcliffe.


The Thomson Reuters Foundation project manager, detained for four years, is staying at her parents' house in Tehran.

She was released temporarily by the Iranian authorities because of the coronavirus pandemic and required to wear an ankle tag. Her movements are restricted to 300 metres from her parents' home.


Zaghari-Ratcliffe (photo), 42, had been due to return to prison over the weekend, but her family was told to return to the Prosecutor's Office today.


She was arrested at Tehran airport while travelling to introduce her daughter Gabriella to her Iranian family in 2016. She was sentenced to five years in jail on charges of plotting to overthrow Iran's government, which she denies.


Her temporary release in mid-March followed the release of 85,000 prisoners in Iran to stop the spread of the coronavirus epidemic in the country. ■

Sky News