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UK ‘to pay Iran £400,000,000’ to free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was recently told she faced a prolonged sentence in Iran (Picture: AP)

The UK is set to buy Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s freedom by paying £400
million to Tehran, Iranian state television has claimed.

They quoted an anonymous official, who suggested the British government will pay to free Iranian-British woman.

It comes after Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was handed a new jail sentence after serving five years – sparking outcry in the UK.

Boris Johnson’s government is yet to comment.

The ongoing dispute has soured relations between the UK and Iran, with many international observers suggesting the mother-of-one has been treated unfairly.

The new sentence came amid negotiations as Tehran sought hundreds of millions of pounds from the UK over a decades-old arms deal.

While employed at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of the news agency, she was taken into custody at Tehran airport in April 2016 as she was returning home to Britain after visiting family with her daughter.

She was convicted of plotting the overthrow of Iran’s government, a charge that she, her supporters and rights groups deny.

The latest sentence was for charges of spreading ‘propaganda against the system’ for participating in a protest in front of the Iranian Embassy in London in 2009.

Iranian state TV reported that deals have been reached to release prisoners with Western ties held in Iran.

The official also said a deal with the US will see a prisoner swap in exchange for the release of £5 billion in frozen Iranian funds.

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