British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe loses court appeal


,nazneenK.’s lawyer was summoned by the judiciary today and informed that the appeal in their second case has failed,” the Free Nazneen campaign wrote on its official Twitter account, adding that “there was no court hearing.”

“Judge Babai upholds sentence of 1+1 year, Court 54. No summons date for jail yet,” the campaign wrote.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was given a second prison sentence and a travel ban in late April for spreading propaganda against the regime. He was first detained at Tehran airport in April 2016 after being on leave to see his family with his daughter.

He was accused of allegedly working with organizations attempting to overthrow the Iranian regime and was later convicted and sentenced to five years in prison.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe and her employer, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, have repeatedly denied the espionage charges against them.

Following the latest setback in his case, Zaghari-Ratcliffe has asked to speak to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in the hope that he will secure his release with the Iranian delegation traveling to Glasgow for COP26.

The Free Nazneen campaign tweeted on Saturday, “Nazneen has asked to speak to PM – he has invited Iranian President to Glasgow for #COP26 next month – it’s up to him to sit down with Iranians and finally end this.” It’s time.”

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was granted British diplomatic protection in 2019 and was named a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.

She has gone on at least three hunger strikes during her detention, one of them in a desperate bid to seek medical treatment for lumps in her breasts and numbness in her limbs. Last February, her family said they believed she had contracted covid-19 in avin prison outside Tehran.

In 2019, his supporters said he had been transferred to a mental ward of a hospital in Tehran and was being denied visits to his father.