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Footage shows moment of arrest in Iran



Footage has emerged for the first time of the moment Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in Iran in April 2016.

The video, which was broadcast on Iranian state TV, shows the British-Iranian detainee pushing a baggage cart along at the Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran before handing her passport over to an unidentified man.

He asks the mother-of-one for her name and whether she has all her luggage, and she is then questioned inside a room at the airport by a representative of the public prosecutor, who tells her he has an arrest warrant.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in Iran in 2016
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in Iran in 2016

“The investigating magistrate has issued an arrest warrant for you and you are barred from leaving the country,” he can be heard saying in Farsi.

“You must go with us to the magistrate’s office and there he will arraign you on your charges. Your problem has to be handled this way.”

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who turned 40 on Boxing Day, is then heard saying she will speak to her mother about her arrest and tell her that she is being held “for unclear reasons”.

The footage ends with her checking her clothes and backpack and being taken to a car.


Hunt: Iran should permanently release Nazanin

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, from Hampstead, north London, was later charged over claims that she was “plotting to overthrow the Iranian regime”.

She had been in Iran to visit her family for Nowruz, the Persian New Year festival, with her young daughter.

Press TV, the state-owned and controlled English and French language Iranian news channel, later claimed she was involved in “plans for regime change in Iran”.

She was convicted last year, despite her denials.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is reunited with her daughter after being granted a temporary release from prison
Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was reunited with her daughter after being granted a temporary release from prison last year

The release of the footage comes a week after Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe announced she was planning to go on a hunger strike this month over her treatment in prison

She said she was going to protest alongside prominent human rights activist Narges Mohammadi over being denied access to a doctor and medication.

In a joint letter with Ms Mohammadi, who has been charged several times over her criticism of the Iranian government, she said: “We are urging for an immediate action to be taken.”

The hunger strike, due to start on 14 January, is set to last for three days but could go on for longer.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who is campaigning for Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe to be released, tweeted: “Nazanin is innocent and must be allowed to come home.

“How can the Iranian authorities allow an innocent mother to feel she needs to resort to this, simply for justice and access to medical care?”

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Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe has threatened to take such action before, following her temporary release from her prison cell in the Iranian capital last summer.

Husband Richard Ratcliffe has previously revealed that his wife has suffered several panic attacks in jail, which left her with numbness in her legs and headaches.

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