Iran rejects 'conditional release' of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe - Focus News


Monday, 23 December 2019

Iran rejects 'conditional release' of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

The lawyer of an Iranian-British woman who was arrested on spying charges in Iran said on Sunday that Tehran Prosecutor's Office has rejected her conditional release, according to state news agency, IRNA.

Mahmoud Behzadi Rad said he had pleaded on behalf of his client, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe  to be released after she has served half of her sentence in prison, a request that was immediately rejected by the Tehran Prosecutor’s Office.

Conditional parole is my clients' legal right," the lawyer added.
Although, it should be noted that the woman denied to be guilty of this crime charged against her.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who works for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was arrested in April 2016 by Iran’s intelligence authorities over a spy charge  at Imam Khomeini International Airport as she was about to leave Tehran to London after she took her then 22-month-daughter to visit her family

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 39, a mother-of-one was arrested when it was detected that she runs an illegal course to recruit and train people for the BBC Persian Television, a channel Iran perceives as an extension of Britain’s anti-Iran propaganda machine. And she was sentenced to five year in prison.

Behzadi Rad said he had submitted a request for her conditional release. When a convict has served half his or her sentence, the person can apply for such release and courts have the power to grant it on grounds of good behavior.

“According to the law, she is entitled to apply for a conditional release,” the lawyer said.

While in England, Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband, Richard Ratcliffe, has been leading a campaign to try to win his wife’s release.

Source: Iran Daily

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