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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: British-Iranian woman to face trial on security charges, head of Iran’s Revolutionary Court says

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A British-Iranian aid worker who has spent more than two years inan Iranian jail isto face a second trialon new charges, the head ofIrans Revolutionary Court has reportedly said.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffewas arrested in 2016 and jailed for five years for spying against the regime.

A report by thesemi-official Tasnim news agency on Saturday said the courts headMusa Ghazanfarabaditold it the new charges also related to Irans security.

Ghazanfarabadi said the charge against (Nazanin) Zaghari (-Ratcliffe) in the new case is security-related but did not say whether it was espionage or another charge, the report said.

It comes after Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffes supporterssaid she had been told by a judge to expect to be reconvicted and re-sentenced on a resurrected charge of spreading propaganda against the regime.

Her husband has claimed she was shownevidence against herlast weekendthat appeared to be the same material used to convict her in 2016.

The judge briefly showed her the file against her. While she was not allowed to read it in detail, from that quick view she understood she was being prosecuted again with the same material that had been exaggerated and used to justify her first trial, he said.

The judge told Nazanin to expect that likely there will be another conviction and sentence against her.

Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffes case became widely known six months ago when a gaffe by Boris Johnson appeared to have significantly worsened her situation.

The foreign secretary was widely condemned when he told a committee of MPsthe mother-of-one was teaching journalists in Iran when she was arrested.

In fact, the charity workerhad gone to Tehran on holiday, hoping to visit her parents and other family members with her 21-month-old daughter Gabriella.

Iranian state media portrayed Mr Johnsons words as an accidental confession that Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe was a spy.

Eventually, the foreign secretary apologised and promised to leave absolutely no stone unturned in his efforts to secure her release.

Mr Ratcliffe hassaid he suspects his wife remains in jail because Britain and Iran insist on haggling over the precise interest rate to be paid by the UK to settle a 450m debt from a 1970s arms deal.

The Iranian government has said Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe has always been fairly treated according to due judicial process after being detained due to illegal acts.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/nazanin-zaghariratcliffe-iran-trial-security-charges-a8370456.html

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