UK former foreign office head Jeremy Hunt reveals Christmas present from Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe
British-Iranian remains under house arrest at her parents' home in Tehran
A former British foreign secretary has revealed he received a Christmas present from Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe who is detained in Iran over espionage charges.
Jeremey Hunt was given a handmade mask from the British-Iranian captive as efforts to reunite her with her husband Richard and daughter Gabriella in the UK continue.
Mr Hunt said he also received a message which said: “Life is precious, please look after yourself and wear a mask."
He wrote on Twitter: “One delightful present this Christmas: masks from Nazanin who we are not forgetting whatever the news at home. Hopes and prayers with her, Richard, Gabriella and the other hostage families for FREEDOM in 2021 !”
He included the hashtag ‘Free Nazanin’ in his post which has been liked hundreds of times.
Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe has served most of her five-year sentence on espionage charges. She was granted temporary release spring and allowed to remain indefinitely at her parents’ home in the Iranian capital Tehran because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 41, was detained in April 2016 as she boarded a UK-bound plane after visiting her parents with her then one-year-old daughter.
She was convicted at a secret trial, accused of seeking to bring down the Iranian regime.
Following her home release in March, she was ordered to wear an electronic tag to prevent her from leaving the country and not to go more than 300 metres from her parent's property.
She is due for release in April next year but faces further charges, which could extend her time in prison.
Updated: December 25, 2020 01:02 AM