Charity worker gets five-year prison term in Iran


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SENTENCED: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been given a five-year prison term in Iran (pictured here with her husband Richard Ratcliffe and daughter)

SENTENCED: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been given a five-year prison term in Iran (pictured here with her husband Richard Ratcliffe and daughter)

A British-Iranian mother jailed in Iran has had her five-year prison sentence confirmed, according to media.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested at Tehran airport last April as she attempted to return to the UK following a holiday with her two-year-old daughter.

The 38-year-old charity worker, from Hampstead, northwest London, was subsequently sentenced to five years by the revolutionary court on "secret charges".

This has now been finalised by the Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, according to a report by Mizanonline.ir, which is linked to the country's judiciary.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's toddler, Gabriella, remains in Iran with family after authorities seized her passport.

Iran does not recognise dual nationalities, and those detained cannot receive consular assistance.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband Richard Ratcliffe has branded her sentence as "a punishment without a crime" and previously said she was struggling most with being separated from her daughter.

He also said his wife had suffered significant hair and weight loss as a result of her ordeal.

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