British-Iranians reunited with families after lengthy imprisonment in Iran

London, March 17 (EFE).- British-Iranian citizens Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anooshe Ashoori, who spent years imprisoned in Iran for allegedly plotting against the Tehran regime, arrived in the United Kingdom on Thursday.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 43, and Ashoori, 67, landed in the early hours of the morning at the British Armed Forces (RAF) military base in Brize Norton, where they were met by their relatives.

Both citizens left Tehran on Wednesday after UK and Iranian authorities agreed on their release.

A third British national, Morad Tahbaz, remains in Tehran and has been released from prison and placed under house arrest.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested by Iranian authorities in 2016 and later convicted for plotting to overthrow the regime. The charity worker and her family have always denied the charges.

She was visiting her family in Iran with her then 22-month-old daughter when she was sentenced to five years in prison.

In 2021, Zaghari-Ratcliffe was sentenced to another year in prison and banned from leaving Iran for a year after fresh propaganda charges were brought against her.

Ashoori, a retired civil engineer, was arrested in 2017 on espionage charges and sentenced to ten years in prison. EFE


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