UK government urged to publicly acknowledge ill treatment and arbitrary detention of dual British-Iranian citizen in Iran and to demand her immediate release.

Professor John Dugard SC, Tatyana Eatwell and Alison MacDonald QC (Matrix)

On 23 October 2017 Redress released the legal opinion authored by Professor John Dugard SC, Tatyana Eatwell and Alison MacDonald QC (Matrix Chambers) in which they conclude that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is arbitrarily detained in Iran and has been denied the most basic guarantees required for a fair trial under international and domestic law. The UK government, that has received the opinion, is yet to acknowledge that Mrs Zachariah-Ratcliffe is the victim of grave violations of human rights.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested by the Revolutionary Guard in April 2016. She was held in solitary confinement for 45 days at an undisclosed location before being transferred to Evin Prison. She was sentenced to 5 years' imprisonment following a trial in camera by the Revolutionary Court of as yet unspecified charges relating to national security. In January 2017 her appeal was dismissed by the Supreme Court.

On 8 October 2017 the Revolutionary Court laid two further unspecified charges against her punishable by a further 16 years' imprisonment.

Professor Dugard and Tatyana Eatwell are instructed by Redress on behalf of Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband.

For further information on the case can be found here.

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