Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 20 September 2019

Iran curbs jailed British-Iranian aid worker's contact with family

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe will now be able to see her daughter, 5, only once a month

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe embraces her daughter Gabriella in Damavand, Iran. AFP
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe embraces her daughter Gabriella in Damavand, Iran. AFP

Iranian authorities have restricted British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s contact with her daughter to once a month and banned her from calling her husband, the BBC reported on Tuesday.

“Richard Ratcliffe said new rules mean she cannot make international calls to him in London and can only see their five-year-old daughter once a month,” the BBC said.

Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe could previously see her daughter, who lives with her grandparents in Iran, every few days in prison, The Guardian reported.

There was no immediate Iranian report or comment on the case.

Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was arrested in 2016 at a Tehran airport as she was about to fly back to Britain with her daughter from a family visit.

She was sentenced to five years in jail after being convicted of plotting to overthrow Iran’s clerical establishment.

Her family and a charity organisation defending her, which operates independently of Thomson Reuters and Reuters News, deny the charge.

Mr Ratcliffe said his wife was returned to prison on Saturday after being discharged from hospital following a hunger strike.

Updated: August 21, 2019 11:30 AM

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