A terrible ordeal for mum

Like many of your readers, we are grievously disappointed that the British charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been sent back to jail in Iran after her recent temporary release.

Sunday, 23rd September 2018, 09:00 am
Updated Thursday, 20th September 2018, 09:56 am

Along with her husband Richard and her numerous supporters, we’d hoped her long-awaited permanent and unconditional release was just around the corner.

This mother of a young child has already been through a terrible ordeal.

In total, she’s spent nearly two-and-a-half-years behind bars, including eight gruelling months of solitary confinement without a lawyer. She was subjected to a string of unfounded accusations from the Iranian authorities and was given a deeply unfair trial.

On top of all this, news that Nazanin has suffered panic attacks after returning to jail and now needs specialised medical care, is extremely worrying.

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As with countless people in Iran, Nazanin is a prisoner of conscience who should never have been jailed in the first place.

The Iranian authorities have treated Nazanin with exceptional cruelty.

Readers of the Berwick Advertiser can add their name to our 160,000-strong petition calling for her release - go to www.amnesty.org.uk/nazanin

Let’s do all we can to get Nazanin home.

Members of Berwick and Eastern Borders Amnesty Group