Relatives of two Iranian-British men serving prison sentences in Iran have always denied they have finally reunited with them in Britain.
“Happiness in a picture,” tweeted Elika Ashuri, posting a photo of her father Anusheh Ashuri, 67, and Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 43, smiling and surrounded by their loved ones at the Royal Air Force Base from Brez Norton to the south Hui-West England, where these two Iranian-Britans arrived in the early hours of Thursday.
Retired engineer Anusheh Ashuri was arrested in August 2017 while visiting his mother and sentenced to 10 years in prison for spying for Israel.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, an employee of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the well-known news agency, was arrested in April 2016 after visiting her family with her 22-month-old daughter. He was previously sentenced to five years in prison, charged with plotting to overthrow the Islamic Republic.
London announced his release on Wednesday, as well as indicating that it had settled an old debt of £394 million (470 million euros) with Tehran, without establishing a link between the two cases.
Gabriella, 7, was reunited with her mother, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, whom she hadn’t had for more than two years.
“She slept in the bed between them last night,” her aunt Rebecca Ratcliffe told Good Morning Britain on Thursday. “I think it’s a really special moment for all three of them”, stressing that the little girl “didn’t have a childhood with both parents”.
Following her mother’s arrest in Tehran in 2016, Gabriella initially lived with her maternal uncle in Iran before joining her father in the UK in October 2019.
Rebecca Ratcliffe likened their reunion to “Christmas morning when you’re waiting for Santa Claus, and Santa Claus finally comes.”
Nazanin Zaghari’s father-in-law told the BBC: “I believe they will stay in a home or accommodation provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a few days. And then we hope to see them over the weekend.” Ratcliffe, John Ratcliffe. He said he was “extremely proud” of his son, who campaigned tirelessly for six years until a hunger strike to free his wife.
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly told Skynews that changing the government in Iran “definitely helped” move the “incredibly difficult” talks forward.
He said the government would continue to work for the departure of Morad Tahbaz from Iran, an Iranian-American also with British nationality, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for “conspiracy with the US” and who was released on Wednesday with conditional release. had benefited from.
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