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Husband Of Detained British-Iranian Woman Calls On Britain To Bring Her Home


Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

The husband of a British-Iranian charity worker detained in Iran for more than a month has called on British authorities to bring her home.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was detained by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) at a Tehran airport on April 3 after visiting her family.

The passport of her 22-month-old daughter, who has only British citizenship, was confiscated.

Ratcliffe, a project manager with Thomson Reuters Foundation, was transferred to an unknown location in Kerman Province.

Ratcliffe told RFE/RL’s Radio Farda on May 9 that his wife had been held in solitary confinement, but was allowed to call her family in Iran.

“The cruelty of the situation seems both outrageous and arbitrary -- that a young mum and baby can be treated as some national security threat is absurd, far outside any reality our family was familiar with," Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband, Richard Ratcliffe, said in a statement.

Iranian authorities have not publicly commented on the case.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation said it has no dealings with Iran and does not operate in the country.

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