Britain on Wednesday confirmed the discharge by Iran of British-Iranian twin nationals Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anousheh Ashouri, saying they’d return to Britain in a while Wednesday.
“I’m more than happy to verify that the unfair detention of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anousheh Ashoori in Iran has ended at present, and they’ll now return to the UK,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated on Twitter.
A 3rd dual-national Morad Tahbaz was launched from jail in Iran on furlough, overseas minister Liz Truss stated on Twitter.
“We’ll proceed to work to safe Morad’s departure from Iran,” Truss added.
A British lawmaker in touch with Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her household tweeted an image of her smiling and stated it confirmed her on board a airplane.
“Nazanin is now within the air flying away from 6 years of hell in Iran,” the lawmaker, Tulip Siddiq stated on Twitter.
It has been 6 lengthy years – and I can not imagine I can FINALLY share this photograph.
Nazanin is now within the air flying away from 6 years of hell in Iran.
— Tulip Siddiq (@TulipSiddiq) March 16, 2022
Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a mission supervisor with the Thomson Reuters Basis, was arrested at a Tehran airport in April 2016 and later convicted by an Iranian court docket of plotting to overthrow the clerical institution.
Her household and the inspiration deny the cost.
Ashouri was sentenced to 10 years in jail in 2019 for spying for Israel’s Mossad and two years for “buying illegitimate wealth”, in keeping with Iran’s judiciary.
Earlier, Iranian state media stated Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Ashouri had been launched after the UK authorities paid a $530 million debt to Tehran.
The historic debt was associated to the sale of battle tanks to Iran’s former ruler, the Shah, earlier than the nation’s Islamic Revolution in 1979.
(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)