Protestors call for release of two British citizens held in Iran

Protestors call for release of two British citizens held in Iran

A protest was held for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A protest was held in London yesterday (October 11) calling for the release of two British citizens currently being held in Iran.

The event was led by the husband of one of the citizens, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, according to The Times Of Israel. Roughly 50 people attended the event.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian, was handed a five year prison sentence in 2016 for taking part in demonstrations in 2009 against the regime.

However last week she was handed further charges, which could mean she spends up to 16 more years in prison.

The further charges are said to be linked to work she has done with the charity Thomson Reuters Foundation and BBC Media Action, according to Monique Villa, director of the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

She said: “The accusation states that her charity work was a screen to overthrow the Iranian regime."

Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband has said his wife is shocked at the news and the family is devastated, as it was thought she would soon "be temporarily released and would just stay at home until she is allowed to come back to the UK."

He daughter also came to visit her whilst she was in prison, but had her UK passport taken away by authorities and is now having to live with her grandparents in the country.

The other British citizen at the centre of the protests is Kamal Foroughi, who has been detained in Iran since 2011 and is 78 years old.

He was handed an eight-year sentence for possessing alcoholic drinks and espionage, but his sentence has now been dropped to seven years.

Amnesty International has said the UK Government needs to do more to help British detainees in the country and publicly state they want the detainees released.