The British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was jailed for 5 years in April last year for “plotting to overthrow the Iranian regime”, faces fresh allegations which include claims she setup a spy network which could see her face an extra 16 years in prison.
They come after British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, earlier this month made a false statement saying “when she was originally arrested in 2016 she was training journalists”, when in actual fact she was on holiday visiting family with her daughter.
Iranian State TV
The claims which were broadcast on Iraninan State TV, say she was working for BBC Persian TV which is banned in Iran. They said she was recruiting reporters for the service and “cyber opposition teams”.
The regime also claims to have evidence which include a payslip from when she worked for the BBC World Service Trust and an email from her laptop that claims she was actively training Afghan and Iranian journalists through an online platform.
This also come at a time when the British and Iranian governments are in talks over a £400m payment which is possibly due from an unfulfilled tank order dating back to the Iranian revolution in 1979.
Nazanins husband Robert who has relentlessly campaigned for her release said “There are grains of truth…and there’s stuff that’s just plain fantasy. It’s partly being done to put pressure on the British government,” he said. “All along in our case, it’s been political.”
With the false statement from Boris, and the disputed £400m, it is becoming increasingly clear the Iranian regime is using Nazanin as a pawn in their political game, a wicked game that is denying a Nazanin her freedom and her rightful place with her family.