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Iran extends Nazanin's temporary release again

The Iranian judiciary has extended Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's temporary release from jail by one week, her lawyer said.

In mid-March, she was temporarily released from Tehran’s Evin prison for two weeks along with thousands of other prisoners.


The furlough has been extended until 27 May and judiciary officials have told Zaghari-Ratcliffe (photo), 40, that they will decide during this period whether the rest of her sentence will be commuted, her lawyer, Mahmoud Behzadirad, told Iranian state news agency IRNA on Wednesday.


A project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in April 2016 at Tehran airport as she headed back to Britain with her daughter after a family visit.


She was sentenced to five years in jail after being convicted of plotting to overthrow Iran’s clerical establishment.

Her family and the foundation, charity that operates independently of media firm Thomson Reuters and its news subsidiary Reuters, deny the charge.


Iran has temporarily released tens of thousands of people from jail, including political prisoners, in recent months in response to the coronavirus epidemic. ■