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British-Iranian Woman Detained In Iran

Source: RFE/RL

A British-Iranian citizen has reportedly been in jail in Iran for over a month. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliff, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters foundation, was detained at Tehran airport on April 3 by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) while returning to London where she lives, her family said.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliff

The reason for her arrest is not clear and according to her family there have been no charges against her.

Zaghari-Ratcliff, 37, was transferred to an unknown location in Kerman Province. She is being reportedly held in solitary confinement and has not been able to access a lawyer.

The passport of her 22-month-old daughter, who has only British citizenship, was confiscated. She remains in Iran with her grandparents.

The family of Zaghari-Ratcliff have been informed that her interrogations relate to "national security." The family have also said that she has been forced to sign "a confession" under pressure.

Iranian authorities have not publicly commented on the case.

The IRGC has in past months arrested a number of Iranians and also at least two Iranian-Americans.

With reporting by the BBC

Copyright (c) 2016 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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