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Home in seven weeks - Nazanin's hope

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the Thomson Reuters Foundation manager held in Iran for almost five years, hopes to be freed to fly home to London when her jail sentence ends in seven weeks, her family says.

The official end of her detention - on charges, which she has always denied, of plotting to overthrow the Iranian government - is on Sunday 7 March.


Zaghari-Ratcliffe, now 42, was arrested in 2016 at Tehran airport as she prepared to fly home with her daughter after a visit to her Iranian parents.


Since being released from Evin prison last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic she has been living under house arrest at her parents’ house in Tehran.


She has made a seven-week countdown calendar to when she hopes to return to her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, and their six-year-old daughter, Gabriella, in London, The Sunday Times reported. On the last week, she has written simply “freedom”.


Her husband wrote this weekend to the UK Foreign Office and the Iranian embassy to check on arrangements for his wife’s release, The Sunday Times said.


Questions include whether she will be flown home to London in a military plane or be able to travel on a commercial flight, how an electronic ankle tag she wears will be removed and what the arrangements are for regaining her passport, he said: “We don’t want to leave everything till the last minute.” ■