Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to talk in public for the first time

By Amelia Riley

After landing back in Britain on Thursday, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is scheduled to talk in public today, for the first time.

The British-Iranian dual citizen was captured and detained in Tehran after taking her daughter on holiday to visit her parents in March 2016.

She was accused of plotting to overthrow the Iranian government, which she has always denied, and many claimed she was being used to settle Britain’s long outstanding debt to Iran, dating back to the 1970s.

After the UK finally agreed to settle a £400 million debt in order to get the 43-year-old charity worker back in Britain, she is scheduled to host a press conference at midday today, taking place in Portcullis House with her husband, Richard, who undertook a tireless campaign for her release.

Ahead of the conference, she will attend a private meeting with Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House, and Tulip Siddiq, the local MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, who said she was ’emotional’ to meet Nazanin after six years of campaigning for her release after Mr Ratcliffe came to her in April 2016 asking for help.

‘We knew we were going to meet each other and she had called me to say that I was one of the first people she wanted to see,’ Ms Siddiq said.

Ms Siddiq described Nazanin as ‘warm and motherly’ as she told her how she dreamt of doing simple things with her daughter, Gabriella while in solitary confinement, such as the school run and going to the park.

Channel 4 announced that they will be releasing a documentary called ‘Nazanin’, about Mr Ratcliffe’s battle to free his wife, whilst juggling childcare alongside the campaign.

A spokesperson for Channel 4 said: “It has a human story with a big heart and mixes original, observational filming with never before seen material filmed by Nazanin herself about her ordeal.”

The documentary is set to be aired later this year.

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