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Iranian Appeals Court Upholds More Prison Time for British Aid Worker
Richard Ratcliffe, husband of British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, is shown on June 29, 2019 at a protest outside the Iranian Embassy in London. (Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)

Iranian Appeals Court Upholds More Prison Time for British Aid Worker

An Iranian appeals court has upheld an additional one-year jail sentence and a year after in which she cannot leave the country for British aid worker and dual British-Iranian citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was sentenced in April on charges of “propaganda against the system.”

The appeals court made the announcement on Saturday, without holding a public hearing. She has not been issued a date to report to prison. She currently is living with her parents in Tehran since she is barred from leaving the country.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 43, had spent nearly five years in an Iranian jail and another year under house arrest on similar charges for attending the demonstration outside the Iranian Embassy in London and her interview on the BBC Persian network more than a decade ago. She was released from house arrest in March but immediately called back to court over the new propaganda charges.

British lawmaker Tulip Siddiq of the Labour Party, who represents the constituency where Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband and 6-year-old daughter live, has called on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to intervene.

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