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Hope as Iranian authorities return passport back to jailed mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s daughter

Husband requests written copy of the mystery charges which led to wife's detention

10 May, 2017 — By Tom Foot

Nazanin with her daughter Gabriella

A TWO year-old girl detained in Iran with her mother more than 13 months ago has got her passport back.

Little Gabriella has been unable to return to her family home in Fortune Green since Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in Tehran in April 2016.

Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe was later sentenced under vague national security charges to five years in prison and her little girl was taken in by her grandparents.

All legal appeals have failed but the passport has opened a window of hope for husband and father Richard Ratcliffe that he may be able to see his daughter again.

In a letter to Iran’s ambassador, sent on Monday, husband and father Richard Racliffe said: “I would like to acknowledge thanks for the return of Gabriella’s passport at the end of last week to her grandparents. I regard her now as no longer formally detained by the Iranian authorities, ended day 396.”

Mr Ratcliffe said he planned to visit Iran in the summer for the first time to “discuss her future” with the authorities.

He requested permission for the British Ambassador to visit Nazanin in jail and asked for a written copy of the charges against her. Mr Ratcliffe has always protested the innocence of his wife, who worked for the charity Thomson Reuter’s Foundation.

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