Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to face another trial on Sunday, MP says

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has appeared in court in Iran and has been told she will face another trial on Sunday, an MP has said.

Iran's state TV reported on Tuesday that the British-Iranian dual national was facing a new charge, citing an unnamed official.

Labour MP Tulip Siddiq later said she had spoken to Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, confirming that she had appeared in court on Tuesday morning.

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Richard Ratcliffe talks to demonstrators after following a march in support of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian mother who is in jail in Iran, in London, Britain November 25, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
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Emily Thornberry, Britain's opposition Labour party shadow foreign secretary, and Richard Ratcliffe, husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is detained in Iran, attend a carol singing vigil for the families of British citizens detained overseas, outside Downing Street in London, Britain, December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of jailed British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, sits with his daughter Gabriella during a news conference in London, Britain October 11, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Gabriella, daughter of Richard Ratcliffe and jailed British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, is pictured during a news conference in London, Britain October 11, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
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Ms Siddiq tweeted on Tuesday: "I've been in touch with Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and can confirm that she was taken to court this morning and told she will face another trial on Sunday.

"I know many people are concerned about her welfare and I'll keep everyone updated when we have more information #FreeNazanin."

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was granted temporary release from prison this spring following the coronavirus outbreak after serving nearly all of her sentence.

She was arrested at Tehran's Imam Khomeini airport while travelling to show her young daughter, Gabriella, to her parents in April 2016.

She was sentenced to five years in prison over allegations, which she denies, of plotting to overthrow the Tehran government.

She was later afforded diplomatic protection by the UK Government, which argues that she is innocent and that her treatment by Iran failed to meet obligations under international law.

It has been claimed Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe is being held in order to force the UK into settling a multi-million pound dispute with Iran.

The debt dates back to the 1970s when the then-shah of Iran paid the UK £400 million for 1,500 Chieftain tanks.

After he was toppled in 1979, Britain refused to deliver the tanks to the new Islamic Republic and kept the money, despite British courts accepting it should be repaid.

Her husband Richard Ratcliffe said last month there was "clearly a stand-off" between the two countries, and that he feared his wife could face a second court case once her sentence comes to an end next spring.

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