‘This should have happened six years ago,’ says Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

There is “very little” lawyers can do in Iran with regards to human rights, Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe says, and thanks her husband for “tirelessly campaigning for my release” alongside her daughter Gabriella – “who has been very, very patient with Mummy for coming home”.

She adds: “I believe that the meaning of freedom is never going to be complete until such time that all of us who are unjustly detained in Iran are reunited with our families. To begin with Morad, but also the other dual nationals, members of religious groups or prisoners of conscience.

“We do realize that if I have been in prison for six years, there are so many other people, we don’t know their names, who have been suffering in prison in Iran. The justice in Iran does not have any meaning, because in a worst-case scenario you are being given the unfair trial.If you’re lucky you’ll be picked up by a semi-fair judge but in most cases you will not… The journey back home was tough.

“I’m going to tell you that because I have seen five Foreign Secretaries change over the course of six years, that is unprecedented, given the politics of the UK… I was told many, many times ‘I’m going to get you home, that never happened’.

“So there was a time I felt like ‘do you know what, I’m not even going to trust you’ because I’ve been told many, many times that I’m going to be taken home. But that never happened. I mean how many Foreign Secretaries does it take for someone to come home? Five? It should have been one of them eventually, so now here we are. What’s happened now should have happened six years ago.”


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