Tuesday , 16 October 2018

800 Days Since Nazazin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Was Imprisoned

Radiofarda – Two years ago, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 38, was on a trip to Iran with her toddler, Gabriella, to celebrate the Iranian New year, Norouz. On her way back home to the UK in 2016, she was arrested at the airport in Tehran. She is currently serving a six-year sentence in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison for “undermining the regime.”

On May 21st her husband Richard Ratcliffe who has been campaigning for her release learned that she will be facing new charges of “spreading propaganda” against the regime.”

Radio Farda journalist Hannah Kaviani spoke to Richard Ratcliffe on the 800 day anniversary of her imprisonment.

[Hannah Kaviani] Why wasn’t your wife, Nazanin Ratcliffe, let out for her birthday as previously promised?

A view of Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran in January, 1987
A view of Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran in January, 1987

[Hannah Kaviani]Was your daughter, Gabriela, able to see her mother in prison for her birthday?​

IRAN -- Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is seen with her husband Richard Ratcliffe and her daughter Gabriella, undated
IRAN — Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is seen with her husband Richard Ratcliffe and her daughter Gabriella, undated

[Hannah Kaviani]It has been 800 days since Nazanin was imprisoned. Your daughter just turned 4, and you have not been able to see her, either. How do you feel about that?

Alistair Burt Minister of State for Int. Development and Minister of State for the Middle East & Gabriella Ratcliffe in Tehran
Alistair Burt Minister of State for Int. Development and Minister of State for the Middle East & Gabriella Ratcliffe in Tehran

[Hannah Kaviani] What is the date of the trial?

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 Iran -- Iranian Judge Abolghasem Salavati during court hearing session of jailed tycoon, Babak Zanjani.
Iran — Iranian Judge Abolghasem Salavati during court hearing session of jailed tycoon, Babak Zanjani.

[Hannah Kaviani] You wrote on your website about the situation with the lawyer. Can you elaborate on that?

Iran -- Iranian Bar association, undated.
Iran — Iranian Bar association, undated.

[Hannah Kaviani] Do you think she will be able to defend herself?

Iran -- Iran's revolutionary court room, undated.
Iran — Iran’s revolutionary court room, undated.

[Hannah Kaviani]In what state is Nazanin mentally and physically?

Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, undated
Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, undated

 

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    Hannah Kaviani

    Hannah Kaviani is a Radio Farda staffer based in Prague, since 2008. She followed the nuclear negotiations between Iran and 6 world powers between 2013 and 2015 and covers the aftermath of Iran deal.