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Wed, 2021-04-28 15:31

LONDON: The husband of imprisoned British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe said she felt hopeless during an urgent parliamentary debate on her situation.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe watched the House of Commons debates from Iran, where she was sentenced to another year in prison, but said there was “nothing to give hope,” according to her husband Richard Ratcliffe.

He said she wondered why Foreign Minister Dominic Raab skipped parliamentary business and sent Middle East and North Africa Minister James Cleverly instead.

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Zaghari-Ratcliffe was sentenced Monday to a new prison term and a one-year travel ban on new charges of “spreading propaganda against the regime”.

She was detained on national security grounds in 2016 and has served five years in prison since.

Ratcliffe told the Press Association: “She looked at the urgent matter at the link (website). What she noticed was that Dominic Raab had not come to respond on behalf of the government, a junior minister had been sent. It was like, “Look, we had seven – am I not worth the Minister of Foreign Affairs to come and answer and explain government policy”? “

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On Tuesday, ably told MPs that Britain would not accept the use of dual nationality as “diplomatic leverage”.

Tulip Siddiq, Member of Parliament for Zaghari-Ratcliffe, told the debate: “At the heart of this tragic affair is the Prime Minister’s dismal failure to free my voter and defend her.

Ably replied that Siddiq’s “anger and frustration” is “misdirected because Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and other arbitrarily detained British binationals are being held by Iran. It’s on them (Tehran). “

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