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Family of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe face ‘uncertainty’ ahead of court hearing


His comments came after a report warned that the 42-year-old is a victim of torture and requires urgent psychiatric treatment.

Richard Ratcliffe said his wife “remains in harm’s way” despite being released from house arrest last week after her five-year prison term expired.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was detained in 2016 as Iranian authorities made widely refuted spying allegations, and finished the latter part of her sentence under house arrest due to the coronavirus crisis.

Richard Ratcliffe outside the Iranian Embassy in London / PA Wire

But the British-Iranian mother-of-one must return to court to face more charges in the case, which some observers have linked to a long-standing debt Iran alleges it is owed by the UK.

Mr Ratcliffe said while Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) officials are “relieved” Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s ankle monitor has been removed, they remain “cautious” about what could happen next.

“I don’t think they know what to expect on Sunday, and I don’t think we know what to expect on Sunday,” he told the PA news agency.

“They said there is a range of possibilities. It getting postponed and not even happening, to it happening but not being clear on what is going on, to it being more serious and ominous.

“All of those things are uncertain.”

Mr Ratcliffe said his wife was “euphoric” and felt “a step closer to freedom” after her ankle tag was removed last week, but she fears leaving the house alone as she feels she is being followed.

“As the week has gone on, she has got more anxious, sleepless, and trying to keep herself busy as a way of distraction,” he added.


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