Fresh accusations

British-Iranian mom detained in Iran accused of plotting to “overthrow” regime

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and daughter Gabriella. (Facebook)

A British-Iranian charity worker who was arrested after visiting her family in Iran with her 2-year-old daughter is accused of seeking to “overthrow the regime,” the state IRNA news agency has reported.

According to the BBC, 37-year-old Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is being accused by a provincial military unit affiliated to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard of participating “in coup plots.” IRNA reports that, “through membership in foreign companies and institutions, she has participated in designing and executing media and cyber plots with the aim of the peaceful overthrow of the Islamic Republic establishment.”

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who resides in London and works for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was arrested at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Airport in April and taken to Kerman in the south-east of the country. Her daughter Gabriella had her British passport taken away and is staying with Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s parents.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was jailed in Kerman, where she was kept in solitary confinement for several weeks, before being transferred to a prison in Tehran.

Read the full story at the BBC.


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