British-Iranian woman, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was detained by the Iranian government for 6 years, has been released after PM Boris Johnson’s long term haggle with the Iranian government.
Liz Truss, Foreign Secretary, said to the news agency that obtaining Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s freedom and that of other detainees holding dual citizenship was a big priority.
The actual reason for the long duration of detention of UK-Iranian dual nationals happened to be a £400m debt relating to a dismissed order for about 1,500 Chieftain tanks in the 1970s.
However, the UK government mentioned that the two issues should not have been connected even though they accepted that the debt was legitimate and the government was searching for ways to pay it.
According to BBC News, the 43-year-old woman was taken in 2016 with allegations that she was attempting to overthrow the government of Iran. She, however, denied these accusations.
Reports have it that she is at the airport of Tehran on her way to the UK.
Her UK passport was returned to her this week.
Richard Ratcliffe, her husband, living with their 6-year-old daughter in Hampstead, campaigned relentlessly for her release.
Last year October, he had gone on a hunger strike.
According to Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s sister-in-law:
“It feels like we’re on the home run now but until she leaves that airport we can’t believe it.”
She explained that Zaghari-Ratcliffe was at the airport with her parents, who were not permitted to be in the same place with her as Iran still oversaw the boundary she was on.
The sister-in-law conveyed optimism at the turn of events even though Zaghari-Ratcliffe was still under Iranian law for a while.