Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe breaks silence on traumatic treatment of prisons in Iran


Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who returned to the UK after six years in detention in Iran, said her time there will always haunt her. She expressed her gratitude to everyone who helped her get home, complimenting her husband and daughter. She thanked her husband who campaigned tirelessly for her return and her daughter who patiently awaited her mother’s return. Nazanin claimed that five foreign secretaries had appeared before her over the past six years and told her they would help her return home.

She also said that the Iranian authorities had informed her that she could not be released unless they acquired something from the British. After six years in an Iranian prison, the British-Iranian citizen was finally released last week and allowed to return home to see her family. She arrived in the UK after months of fierce talks over Britain’s £400million debt to Iran, which resulted in their release.

Iran does not recognize dual nationality

Zaghari-Ratcliffe and retired civil engineer Anoosheh Ashoori were released Wednesday last week thanks to efforts by the UK, US and other countries to free dozens of dual citizens imprisoned in Iran, who are not does not recognize dual nationality. Iran charged the captives with espionage and sentenced them to long prison terms under harsh conditions, according to AP News.

She further stated that she would not hold a grudge against anyone for the rest of her life, adding that she had only recently returned and it was a bit premature to hold this anger. However, she said it was supposed to happen six years ago and it took politicians a long time to figure it out. She said people like her should not be used as pawns in international affairs.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe declined to answer questions about his detention

Zaghari-Ratcliffe declined to answer questions about her detention, such as how she found the strength to endure months in solitary confinement or whether her prison guards showed her sympathy, according to AP News. She was more comfortable discussing the joy she felt when she got off the plane with her husband and daughter on Thursday morning.

(AP News Contributors)

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